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Wilcox Discussion Paper signals return t bad old days in building and construction.



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Fri, 10th October 2008 WILCOX DISCUSSION PAPER SIGNALS RETURN TO BAD OLD DAYS IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

Mr Michael Keenan MP Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

The Wilcox Discussion Paper on the Australian Building and Construction Commission will pave the way for a return back to lawlessness in the building industry, says Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Michael Keenan MP.

Mr Keenan is calling on Minister Julia Gillard to repudiate the paper.

The ABCC was established in response to many of the adverse findings of the Cole Royal Commission into practices within the building and construction industry.

The Commission found widespread lawlessness in some sections of the industry.

There is no doubt in the Australian building and construction industry that the ABCC has helped clean up many bad practices across the sector.

“Many of the comments in the Wilcox paper have an unnerving bias toward the players and practices which wreaked havoc in the building industry prior to the establishment of the ABCC.”

“Mr Wilcox clearly questions many of the Howard Government reforms, which have cleaned up the industry.

This is a step toward a return to the bad old days of militant unionism”, said Mr Keenan.

“With unemployment on the rise again under the Rudd Government, this discussion paper does nothing to look after security of jobs.

The building and construction industry should be very worried about the comments in this discussion paper and I call on Minister Gillard to not water down any of the laws and systems which are now in place and working so well”, Mr Keenan said.