ABCC Must Be Re-Instated Without Delay

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) today stated that latest reports of corruption in the Construction, Forestry, Mining amp; Energy Union (CFMEU) and links to organised crime highlighted the need for the ABCC to be re-instated as soon as possible so the construction industry can be quickly put back on the right path. AIB requires its members, degree-qualified construction managers, to act with the highest ethics and to act with professionalism at all times, and believes the Federal Government must act quickly and decisively to ensure the rule-of-law operates in construction industry, and productivity can again grow as a result.

“The reports this week of CFMEU corruption and links to organised crime are very concerning, but not altogether surprising”, said Mr Robert Whittaker, AIB National President.

“We call on Labor and the Greens to stand up for the rule-of-law on construction sites, and agree that the ABCC should be re-instated as soon as possible, and pass the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013.”

“The construction industry has a history of intimidation, violence and thuggery and special body is needed to deal with its unique culture.”

“With an industry free of fear and intimidation, all workers can get on with their job in peace and safety, and productivity would increase significantly, with financial benefits for all.”

“Enough is enough, and if Labor and the Greens want to have any future credibility with the electorate, they must take a stand against lawlessness within such a powerful union, and the union movement more generally.”

“The Cole Royal Commission revealed the extent of the culture of intimidation in the construction industry prior to the establishment of the ABCC, and a future royal commission could also be useful as root-and-branch investigation.”

“However, allegations of criminal misconduct should also being investigated speedily and thoroughly by relevant law enforcement authorities”, Mr Whittaker stated.

For further information, please contact: –

Prof Robert Whittaker – AIB National President

Mobile: 0418 536 056 Email: robert.whittaker@aib.org.au