One of the favoured tropes of Australia's business sector is the high cost of construction in Australia, and the government has seized on the idea of truculent unions like the CFMEU stealing from Australians to justify the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

“The CFMEU’s actions rob the community by increasing the cost of building schools, hospitals and child care, and again that’s something that does resonate with many of the crossbenchers I have spoken to,’’ Industrial Relations Minister Michaelia Cash said about the ABCC bills, which the government may not now introduce until next year.