The transition period for a new code of conduct governing workplace relations on Commonwealth funded projects could be reduced from two years to nine months and companies whose agreements do not comply with the Code could be barred from securing Commonwealth work following a backflip by Senator Derryn Hinch on his position regarding the transition period.

In what will be seen as a win for building industry employers, News Corporation has reported that the Turnbull government appears set to amend the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act which restored the Australian Building and Construction Commission last year in order to restore critical provisions which it…