Out of all of the current policy issues relevant to the building and construction sector in Australia, few elicit as much raw emotion or polarisation of viewpoints as the Abbott Government’s efforts to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), with building industry lobby groups lobbying ferociously for the ABCC’s reintroduction but unions lobbying equally aggressively to stop this from happening.

Created in 2005 as part of Howard government efforts to restore law and order to the industry in the wake of the Cole Royal Commission, the ABCC was abolished by the then Gillard Labour government in 2012 in favour of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate under a revised regime…