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Greens start Senate inquiry into ABCC

The Australian Greens today succeeded in getting a new Senate Inquiry called into the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), as a first step towards the eventual abolition of the Commission.

"I'm very pleased that the Bill I introduced in the Senate enabling the abolition of the ABCC and repealing the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII), has been referred to committee for full inquiry and review," said Australian Greens spokesperson on Industrial Relations, Senator Rachel Siewert.

"By referring our Bill to a Senate Inquiry, we have started the process of proper scrutiny and review of this unfair legislation."

"In particular, we are very keen to focus on the powers of the ABCC, the conduct of the commission and its inspectors in the interpretation and exercise of their powers and the extent to which the BCII Act breaches internationally recognised labour standards."

"The Australian Greens opposed the creation of the ABCC and its coercive powers and will continue to call for its immediate abolition. It is an affront to our democracy, and this Senate Inquiry will shed some much needed light on the matter," she concluded.

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