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Thursday, 30 September 2010
Page: 399

Senator PARRY (10:02 AM) —At the request of Senator Abetz, I move:

   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.