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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2173

Senator MUIR (Victoria) (17:43): I, and also on behalf of Senators Day, Wang, Lazarus, Lambie and Leyonhjelm, move:


(a)   the Senate notes:

(i) That the building and construction industry is a significant driver of economic activity in Australia, producing around 8 per cent of Australia's gross domestic product,

(ii) That the building and construction industry comprises over 330,000 businesses nationwide, and directly employs over one million people, which is around 9 per cent of the total workforce,

(iii) comments by the Treasurer (Mr Morrison) in The Australian on 1 February 2016 where he stated that re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was an important economic reform that must be passed by this Parliament,

(iv) That the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) has stated that re-establishing the ABCC was absolutely vital, and

(v) that it has had an opportunity to debate legislation to reinstate the ABCC but has declined to do so; and

(b)   the resolution of 15 March 2016 relating to the hours of meeting and routine of business for this week be amended by adding to the list of bills in paragraph (4) the "Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 [No. 2]".

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Muir be agreed to.