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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1048


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (18:01): Thank you for the question, Senator Cameron. I think you would be aware that the government is not in possession of that information, for a number of reasons, but, for the record, I point out that, as you are again aware, building industry participants have had, since April 2014, advanced notice of the fact that the government intended to issue a new Building Code. In fact, you would also be aware that there are a number of agreements that have specifically put in place clauses within them—for example, the Lendlease Building CFMEU New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania Agreement 2016, which provides:

Compliance for government funded building work.

(a) It is recognised by the Parties that whilst this Agreement is in operation, Commonwealth, State or Territory Governments may impose particular requirements on the content of enterprise agreements in order for the Company to be eligible for future government funded building work. It is essential that the Agreement is compliant with any such requirements in order for the Company to remain eligible to tender for future government funded building work. If any new requirements are promulgated during the life of this Agreement, which impact on the content of this Agreement, this clause will be applied.