The Gillard Government has previously announced the decision to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
The Government has re-introduced the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011 into Parliament. This Bill honours the Government's promise to abolish the ABCC and replace it with the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.
When the Bill came to the Senate for debate it was referred to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for review. This Committee tabled their Report on Wednesday 29 February 2012 and the report can be found at this webpage: Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011 [Provisions]
The Bill is anticipated to come before the Senate in the next few weeks and I will be supporting the Government's commitment to abolish the ABCC by supporting the Bill's passage through the Senate.
The Government is committed to implementing a strong but fair set of compliance arrangements for the building industry. The intention is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative and productive workplace relations, an environment in which there is no place for people choosing which laws to obey and which ones to ignore. This goes for all industry participants-employers, employees and their respective associations.