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HIA asks Senate not to abolish ABCC

March 05, 2012

If you are considering buying a property and developing commercial real estate in Australia, there are many things to consider.

How do you decide what company to hire? How can you be sure the work will be done efficiently and responsibly? Will anyone help you to protect your investment?

One aspect of the process is meant to be supported by a body of the government called the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

The main goal of the administration is to "ensure that workplace laws are upheld in the building and construction industry".

However, a bill introduced by the Gillard government would see the abolishment of the ABCC - a move that has not been well received by the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

The HIA issued a plea to the Senate not to pass the proposed bill. Industrial relations spokesman David Humphrey expressed concern about the move and questioned the Senate Committee's recommendation that the bill be passed.

Mr Humphrey asserted: "The proposed new legislation will not deliver the strong, independent and robust enforcement body that the building industry requires."

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