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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.

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