Two appointments have been made to the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (FWBII) as part of moves to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
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Nigel Hadgkiss has been appointed as Director, and the John Lloyd has been named Chair of the FWBII Advisory Board.
Announcing the appointments, Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz said Mr Hadgkiss and Mr Lloyd brought a great depth of experience to their roles, particularly having formerly been Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner respectively, of the ABCC.
“The Government has committed to the re-establishment of the ABCC and Mr Hadgkiss and Mr Lloyd will steer the FWBII during the transition,” Senator Abetz said.
“We need a strong watchdog to maintain the rule of law and improve productivity on Australian building sites and construction projects.”
He said it was important that the ABCC be re-established as when it previously existed the performance of the building and construction sector improved.
Senator Abetz said that an independent study had found that under the ABCC industry productivity rose by 9.4 per cent between 2002 and mid-2012, Australian consumers were better off by about $7.5 billion per year and there was a significant reduction in days lost through industrial action.
"Securing the passage of legislation to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission through Parliament is a key Government priority," he said.
Senator Abetz thanked retiring Director, Val Gostencnik and Chair of the Advisory Board, Randell Fuller for their service.
Edition 384, 22 October 2013