Economy

Mar 22, 2016

When will the government stop lying about the ABCC?

The government has consistently lied about the ABCC -- it didn't increase productivity and more workers died on its watch. Time for the facts.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Construction workers march in 2009 as part of a protest calling for the abolition of the ABCC

There was an interesting moment — well one of many — during the Prime Minister’s interview on 7.30 last night when Leigh Sales pointed out to Turnbull that his claim that the John Howard-era Australian Building and Construction Commission “improved productivity by 20 per cent” in the construction industry was inconsistent with the findings of the Productivity Commission.

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20 thoughts on “When will the government stop lying about the ABCC?

  1. tonyl

    When will the Labor Party make these arguments? Same as the lie concerning Labor vs NLP spending and taxing as a percentage of GDP.

  2. klewso

    … “How long will the Limited News Party be in government?”?

  3. Honest Johnny

    This is all about knowing what you want to do – dissolve both houses of parliament and inventing a case to support it. If Turnbull’s interview last night is anything to go by, the case to support it is flimsy at best. The opposition, the union movement, and smart journalists out there should use every hour of the long election campaign to expose the holes in it. For the average punter, however, a campaign for a ABCC (a what?) will be a huge yawn.

  4. bjb

    Well, knock me down with a feather – the LNP making up numbers to suit themselves, what a surprise.

    Almost everything Malcolm said about the NBN when he was Communications Minister has proved to be incorrect, they’ve been caught out and have had to admit that the costs they claimed for the Labor version of the NBN were just made up.

    Given the lies they told before the last election, you’d have to be a mug to believe anything an LNP politician says.

  5. AR

    What a pity that truth, accuracy & honesty are required in advertising and most commercial interactions with the mug punter except one field of ..err.. “endeavour”.
    The pollies specifically EXCLUDED and granted themselves immunity from any comeback for a career built on lies & deception, aided and abetted by mudorc and his minions.

  6. scot mcphee

    If they want to go after building industry corruption why don’t they go after developer donations to councils and the state party apparatuses?

    Oh yeah, right.

  7. Venise Alstergren

    HONEST JOHNNY: No flies on you. Not only does your hypothesis ring true, but factor in the man responsible for the Utegate scandal and there you have it… Our dictator PM.

  8. Norman Hanscombe

    More importantly, Bernard, when if ever will the Crikey Commissariat begin to follow the rules of logic and language which apply in educated circles outside of Crikey?

  9. wellsy32

    Excellent article BK, thanks. Been trying to find something similar in the MSM to no avail.

    I know the LNP and lying are synonymous but will the Toff be able to peddle such whoppers for the next 10 weeks?

  10. christine gibson

    When will the ‘Main Stream Media stop kissing Turnbull’s backside. If they don’t question the LNP about the facts and allow the lies to continue unchecked then what hope,has the average punter in knowing what is what come Election Day.
    It appears that the truth will be the first casualty in this election campaign

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