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Workplace reforms must not be lost: Ridout

28-09-2010
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It is vital that successful workplace relations reforms in the construction industry are not lost following the recent departure of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, says Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Heather Ridout.

“An effective and well-resourced regulator with strong powers needs to be maintained," she says.

Ms Ridout says the person who replaces John Lloyd as Commissioner should be carefully selected.

“The Government should not consider only the candidates who have applied in response to the public advertisements. It is an extremely important role, and the right person needs to be selected, she says.

"The Bill which the Government introduced into the last Parliament to implement its construction industry reforms needs to be amended before it becomes law. “The ‘switch off’ provisions relating to the compulsory examination powers of the Independent Assessor need to be removed, and the five-year sunset provision applicable to the compulsory examination powers need to be deleted and replaced with a review after five years.

"Unless a strong, well-resourced regulator is maintained, the risks associated with industrial lawlessness will again be priced into construction contracts, at great cost to project owners, including governments, and the Australian community.

"Mr Lloyd has played an important role in a challenging environment and Ai Group wishes him well for the future."

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