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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1059

Senator ROBERTS (Queensland) (18:53): As a servant to the people of Queensland and Australia I am seeking through these questions to protect workers, union members, small business and taxpayers. My first question to the minister: it seems to me, Minister, that the key and perhaps only question, the only issue here, is the decrease in the transition period from two years to nine months—nothing else. Anything else is a distraction from this bill and outside the intent and scope of this bill. Secondly, given the ABCC's benefits to workers, small businesses and taxpayers, isn't that necessary to get the ABCC into place as quickly as possible?