Master Builders Calls On Senators To Restore ABCC

16 March 2015

The Senate has been issued with a challenge by the nation’s building and construction industry peak body to vote in favour of re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) by an open letter in published in newspapers in every state and territory.


Statement by Mr Michael Kerschbaum, Executive Director

The Senate has been issued with a challenge by the nation’s building and construction industry peak body to vote in favour of re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) by an open letter in published in newspapers in every state and territory.

“Master Builders Tasmania is challenging the Tasmanian Senators to not deny the community more and affordable community infrastructure and jobs,” Michael Kerschbaum, Executive Director of Master Builders Tasmania (MBT) said.

“A vote for the ABCC is a vote for more and affordable schools, hospitals, childcare centres, aged care facilities and roads. Voting against it will give the construction union free rein to continue their industrial thuggery to the cost of all Australians,” he said.


“The industry needs the Senate to stand up for the rights of the community and not give in to the union thugs and bullies. The ABCC successfully curbed intimidation, coercion and violence during its operations. We need it back to continue the job and ensure that every day Tasmanians are protected from illegal behaviour on construction sites,” Michael Kerschbaum continued.

“The Gyles and Cole Royal Commissions and the Productivity Commission each concluded that there is an undeniable link between the industrial thuggery of the CFMEU and increased costs of public infrastructure,” he said.

“As representatives of the people, Senators have a higher duty to ensure the overall wellbeing of their community. They must live up to the trust and responsibility granted to them and vote to re-establish the ABCC,” Michael Kerschbaum concluded.

For further comment contact Michael Kerschbaum on 6210 2000 or         0438 343 810

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