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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—AUSTRALIAN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION—MR JOHN LLOYD

Senator Parry, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 47—That the Senate—

 (a) thanks the Honourable John Lloyd, PSM for his diligent and professional service to the Australian people, and to the Australian building and construction industry through his 5 year stewardship of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), and wishes him well in his retirement;

 (b) notes the ABCC celebrates its 5th anniversary on 1 October 2010;

 (c) thanks the staff of the ABCC, past and present, for their service and dedication which has resulted in real change to the building and construction sector;

 (d) notes that during the tenure of Mr Lloyd the work of the ABCC has contributed significantly to the Australian economy and community, including an annual economic welfare gain of $5.5 billion (2007-08 terms), a reduction in consumer price index of 1.2 per cent and an increase to gross domestic product of 1.5 per cent; and

 (e) the ABCC has also significantly reduced the incidence of thuggery and illegal activity on Australia's building and construction sites through successful prosecution of illegal behaviour and the ABCC is to be commended for fulfilling its responsibility in supporting a workplace relations framework that ensures building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively.

Statements by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Coonan

Cormann

Fielding

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry (Teller)

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams


NOES, 33

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Farrell

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.