The legislation to restore the national regulator for workplace relations within the building and construction industry in Australia has gone before parliament, with the government saying the legislation is necessary to restore order to the industry but Labour and the Greens remaining opposed to the regulator’s reintroduction.

Introduced without any amendment from earlier legislation in 2013 which was rejected by the Senate, the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission as the regulator for industrial relations within the building and construction industry. Introduced by Howard government in 2005, the former…