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MBA: Return of ABCC is important to community

Chief executive officer of MBA weighed in with his support for the return of the ABCC.

Communities in Australia are set to benefit from a return of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), according to Master Builders Australia.

Chief executive officer Wilhelm Harnisch told ABC that the benefit of reinstating the ABCC to regulate the construction industry will have a two-fold benefit for Australian communities.

He fears that some trade unions may be breaking the law and setting behavioural standards low for the industry.

Additionally, he argues that the cost of hospitals and infrastructure in Australia is too high because unions have been raising the price of building community services.

He raised the question: "Why should the community have to pay for more for what is much needed – for their hospitals, for their schools, for their childcare, for their medical facilities,"

The ABCC was previously responsible for regulating the construction industry in Australia, however it was previously disbanded.

Yet, following his victory at the general elections in September, prime minister Tony Abbott has said he hopes to reinstate the ABCC.

Posted by Craig Francis

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