The government needs six out of the eight crossbench senators in order to pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation and prevent a double dissolution election, but is the government really trying to avoid that outcome?

Most of the Senate crossbenchers say they have not been contacted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull since he first threatened to call a July 2 election if they refused to pass the legislation re-establishing the ABCC. Instead Turnbull has asked South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day to get the crossbench to come up with an agreed set of amendments in order to vote as a bloc on the legislation.