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Star Chamber now under review

One of the many travesties of the Howard Government was the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and the enacting of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII).

Together these represent John Howard's industrial relations agenda at its most extreme - explicitly anti-worker and using the power of the State against individuals in an ideological pursuit.

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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.

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Greens introduce Bill to abolish ABCC

The Australian Greens today introduced a Bill in the Senate that will repeal the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII) and abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC).

"The ABCC represents the Howard Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, and yet the Rudd Government has dragged its heels in addressing these injustices," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Well the Greens are not prepared to sit back while this travesty of justice continues."

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Greens move to restore workplace rights in building industry

The Australian Greens today gave notice in the Senate they will move a motion to repeal the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII) and abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC).

"The BCII Act and ABCC represent John Howard's industrial relations agenda at its most extreme - explicitly anti-worker and using the power of the State against individuals in an ideological pursuit," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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Greens welcome investigation into ABCC "Star Chamber"

The Australian Greens welcome the appointment of Justice Wilcox to investigate the Government's plans to replace the ABCC.

"We remain convinced there is no need for a separate body to oversee the building and construction industry and hope this investigation will confirm our position that the ABCC's powers, including those limiting the right to silence and legal counsel, are unjustified in a modern industrial relations system," said Rachel Siewert.

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Greens restate opposition to ABCC

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (OHS) Bill 2007 deals with a very important issue. It deals with safety in the building and construction industry. There is no question that the building and construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in Australia, and this is recognised across the board. When introducing this bill the minister acknowledged that fatalities in this industry make up one-third of all workplace fatalities, and that there are over 30 injuries per day. The Australian Greens will not be opposing this bill.

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