There are more than 90 Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) representatives before the courts for more than 1300 suspected contraventions. In recent times the union has paid more than $12 million in fines.
The Coalition Government is taking action to make union bosses become more transparent and accountable.
The Government has a responsibility to ensure that our laws are strong enough to deter people from breaking the law and that there is an effective regulator to prosecute wrongdoers when they act unlawfully.
When laws are repeatedly flouted and do not act as a deterrent it becomes clear those laws must be strengthened so the Coalition has restored the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to protect 1.1 million construction workers and 350 000 small businesses involved in the building industry.
The Coalition Government has also introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission. This protects two million workers belonging to a union or employer group by requiring these groups to be as transparent and accountable as companies.
The Government has passed legislation to stop secret and corrupt payments between employers and unions and will continue to examine new ways to introduce meaningful consequences for unlawful industrial conduct in the construction industry whether by unions or employers.