Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [Provisions] and Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [Provisions]

2 December 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
ISBN 978-1-74229-922-8

View the report as a single document - (PDF 287KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 25KB)
Recommendations (PDF 10KB)
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction and Background (PDF 31KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Background to the Bill
Legislative History
Findings of the Committee in 2012
Purpose of the Bill
Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013
Compatibility with human rights
Consideration by legislative scrutiny and human rights committees

CHAPTER 2 - Issues (PDF 87KB)

The need for the Australian Building and Construction Commission to be re-established
Productivity Gains
Other issues

Labor Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 41KB)

Specific laws targeting any one industry are unnecessary
The Fair Work Act 2009 already regulates rights and restrictions of protected industrial action. The rate of disputation has not increased since the ABCC was abolished
Coercive powers available to the ABCC under these bills are excessive
Extending the powers of the ABCC outside of the building and construction industry proper applies an extra, unnecessary level of legislation
The ABCC has no power in criminal matters, and there is no evidence organised crime exists in the building and construction industry
The bills will not improve productivity

Australian Greens' Dissenting Report (PDF 31KB)

Conduct of the ABCC
Particular issues with the bills

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions received (PDF 14KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 11KB)

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Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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