As the battle to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission reached its climax late last year, building industry lobby groups and unions argued about the need to restore law and order in the industry and that to respect worker rights.

In exchange for their support of the bill to reinstate the building watchdog, meanwhile, the Nick Xenophon Team was able to extract what it felt were important changes to Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) which it says would ensure that local workers and suppliers have reasonable opportunity to participate in Commonwealth…