A key building and construction industry group in Australia has welcomed a Coalition policy to restore the powers of the former regulator for industrial relations in the building industry if it wins the election but slammed the Labor party's stance that it will not take this step.

In a statement, Master Builders Australia chief executive officer Wilhelm Harnisch has thrown his organisation’s support behind Coalition moves to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). He says union behaviour during industrial disputes at the Myer Emporium site in Melbourne and the Brisbane Children’s Hospital site last year…