In these times where government spending is scarce for infrastructure, its hard to stomach the prospect that money is being wasted on delays and blowouts caused by Union intervention. We need the ABCC watchdog back in action to regulate their behaviour and keep them accountable.
We face impediments that increase the cost of building hospitals, schools and other much needed publicly funded community projects by an extra 10 to 30 per cent. Not only is it unnecessary, but it effectively acts as an additional tax on the community - a ‘building union tax’ as it were. The final Report of the Heydon Royal Commission documents in forensic detail how the building unions’ ingrained and institutionalised culture of unlawfulness causes cost blowouts of up to 30 per cent for taxpayer-funded projects. The fix is the restoration of the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). It worked between 2005 and 2012, when the costs of construction fell due to increased productivity and the absence of unlawful industrial thuggery.