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Senate Inquiry report supports end of ABCC

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), following the release of the Senate Inquiry report into the Greens' Building and Construction Industry (Restoring Workplace Rights) Bill.

"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.

"I am disappointed that, after agreeing with many of the Greens' concerns, the Government Senators have not supported urgently repealing this legislation. Evidence to the Inquiry confirmed that the ABCC is fundamentally flawed, breaches the rights of workers this particular industry, and is grossly unfair."

"It is unacceptable to have workplace relations laws that take away the right to silence, deny people their choice of lawyer, provide powers to compel evidence with the possibility of gaol for non-compliance, and impose severe restrictions on the rights of workers to organise and bargain collectively."

"There is no justification to continue this discrimination against building workers. The building industry must be regulated just like any other industry - in a fair and just manner that balances the needs of productivity and the economy with the health, safety and democratic rights of workers."

"I would expect better from an ALP Government who purport to stand up for working families. It is now up to the Government to act in the best interests of the Australian people, and support the Greens' Bill to abolish the ABCC," she concluded.

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