Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Regulations and Determinations

Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work Amendment Instrument 2022; Disallowance

5:54 pm

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Environment, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

I was part way through my contribution the other night on this very important disallowance motion, so I'm pleased to be able to continue to make my remarks on it.

When debate was interrupted, I was making a point around what motivates a government to want to disempower an entity such as the ABCC that has done such important work protecting employees on worksites, as we've had many examples of throughout the course of this debate. I don't intend to go over all of the examples that have been provided, though it is important to reflect on how appalling some of those examples are.

As we go to cast our votes on this disallowance motion, and my colleagues have made this point before, it's important to reflect on what it is we are actually doing here. The government seeks to take away from the ABCC powers which protect employees from terrible behaviour.


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