The Coalition government has confirmed it will move forward with its plans to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
It said that the ABCC could be reinstated within the first 100 days of prime minister Tony Abbott's term in office. Additionally, employment minister Eric Abetz has said that this is a priority.
The ABCC is intended to regulate the construction industry, which at present is covered by the Fair Work Building and Construction Inspectorate. Yet supporters of the ABCC argue that the construction sector is large enough that it warrants its own ruling body.
Construction industry group Master Builders Australia (MBA) previously welcomed the new government's plans to reinstate the ABCC as they felt it would offer better protection for workers.
Chief executive of MBA Wilhelm Harnisch said: "A return to the rule of law on Australian building sites demands the full restoration of the ABCC."
The ABCC was previously scrapped by the government led by Julia Gillard and replaced by the Fair Work regulator.
Posted by Steve Douglas