CASH FEELS HEAT OVER ABCC CHIEF
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 last week.
Nigel Hadgkiss stepped down as the Australian Building and Construction Commission chief last week after he admitted breaching the Fair Work Act.
“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,” Labor employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor told Sky News yesterday.
Senator Cash told parliament last week she had known about the matter since October 2016, but denied 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he directed Labor government changes to right-of-entry laws — which were due to come into effect in January 2014 — not be published by the Fair Work agency, which he headed at the time.