The newly elected President of the nation’s peak building and construction industry advocacy organisation has urged the Senate to pass the Ensuring Integrity laws.

Simon Butt was elected National President of Master Builders Australia on the weekend at a meeting of Master Builders Associations the building and construction industry in each state and territory.

“There was an overwhelming consensus from Master Builders’ members around the country that the Ensuring Integrity laws are vital to protecting building businesses from union bullying and restoring the rule of law in our industry,” Simon Butt said.

“Our industry for years been afflicted by the bullying, intimidation and thuggery of construction unions and their officials, some of whom repeatedly flout the law and bully small building businesses almost every day. We need the Ensuring Integrity laws to make sure there are real consequences that will act as a deterrent for these flagrant reoffenders,” Simon Butt said.

Simon Butt has more than 30 years of experience in the building and construction industry. Simon is highly regarded in the ACT and ‘Canberra Region’ where he is a former President of Master Builders ACT .

Simon is Chief Executive of Manteena, an award-winning Canberra based construction contractor with a track record of working on some of the most iconic projects in the nation’s capital including Parliament House, and completing construction projects across Australia and internationally in 23 countries.

Simon is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building and Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2018 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

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