New rulings build case for ABCC

A MAJOR business group has jumped on two recent court rulings to urge the Coalition to push on with plans to reinstate the national building watchdog.

The government remains confident of passing its plans that were the trigger for the double dissolution election. But it will rely on the results of several Senate seats that are unlikely to be known for two weeks.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said two recent court rulings, including one against the CFMEU in Queensland, justify reinstating the Howard-era watchdog.

The CFMEU and three union organisers were fined $53,000 for an unlawful strike at a Brisbane apartment project.

Chamber chief James Pearson said it was one of two recent cases that were "just the latest demonstration of why there is a need" for the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

But the government's plans will rely on Senate crossbench support, most likely from One Nation - which could reach three Senate seats in the final count - and the Nick Xenophon Team to pass the relevant laws with Labor and the Greens opposed.



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