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ABCC debate is 'smoke and mirrors'

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Mr Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

The current debate about the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is simply an exercise of ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Mr Michael Keenan MP, says observers are being misled about the real intentions of the Rudd Labor Government to undo the achievements of the ABCC and place the construction sector at the mercy of militant unions.

“Kevin Rudd will abolish the ABCC on 1 February 2010, and merge it into the ever growing super-bureaucracy of Fair Work Australia” said Mr Keenan.

“While the current debate is about Rudd’s broken secret pre-election promise to militant unions, the fact is that the ABCC will be abandoned and we are assured that there will still be a tough cop on the beat.

“Such assurance is, at best, dubious.

“If Labor was serious about ensuring that law and order is maintained in the building and construction sector, Kevin Rudd would simply retain the ABCC.

“Replacing the ABCC with a new body will only erode the good work that has already been done, reduce productivity, and dramatically increase the cost of infrastructure projects.

“Anyone who believes that Kevin Rudd is serious about restoring law and order in the construction sector is a victim of the Labor’s ‘smoke and mirrors’ approach to policy making.

“Closing down the ABCC gives the green light for militant unions to take our building and construction sector backwards.

“The Governments move to kill off the ABCC is looking more and more foolish by the day” said Mr Keenan.