Employment Minister Eric Abetz has defended compulsory interview powers to be given to the restored Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) as no different to those held by other federal agencies.

In a fiery senate estimates hearing where he clashed repeatedly with Labor’s Doug Cameron, Senator Abetz said these powers would be oversighted by the commonwealth ombudsman, while people will be given 14 days notice of hearings, and could be accompanied by a lawyer. “Now I have heard Labor criticism that…