Cash walks the line of scrutiny
OPPOSITION employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor continues to press the Federal Government for its prior knowledge of wrongdoings of the former Australian and Building Construction Commission head.
Nigel Hadgkiss stepped down as the commission’s chief last week after he admitted to breaching the Fair Work Act.
Labor says it is “quite remarkable” Employment Minister Michaelia Cash wasn’t aware of the extent of the wrongdoings of the head of the Government’s building and construction watchdog before he resigned.
“The ABCC was created in December last year and Mr Hadgkiss was appointed as regulator of the ABCC even though legal proceedings of a serious nature were on foot about his conduct,” Mr O’Connor told Sky News yesterday.
Senator Cash told Parliament last week that she had known about the matter since October 2016, but denied that it meant she knew of the breach until Mr Hadgkiss resigned.
In court documents, Mr Hadgkiss admitted that in December 2013 he directed Labor government changes to right-of-entry laws – which were due to come into effect in January 2014 – not be published by the Fair Work agency which he headed at the time.