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These divisions relate to the policy “for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)”. Compare how a supporter of the policy would have voted to the division outcome.

18th Oct 2016, 6:07 PM – Representatives Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and one other - Third Reading - Pass the bill - Division No. 8

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (0.0% turnout)
Australian Labor Party (97% turnout) 67
Deputy Speaker (100% turnout) 1
Independent (150% turnout) 1 2
Katter's Australian Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal Party (98% turnout) 58
National Party (100% turnout) 15
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 1
Speaker (0.0% turnout)
Totals (97% turnout) 77 69

The majority voted in favour of passing the bills in the House of Representatives. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a third time.

The bills will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

What are these bills about?

These bills were first introduced into Parliament back in 2013, and again in 2016. In a nut shell, their purpose is to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

According to the bills digest:

The purpose of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 (the Bill) is to re‑institute a separate workplace relations framework for the building industry based largely on the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (the BCII Act). Among other things the Bill re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), reintroduces provisions dealing with unlawful industrial action, coercion and the associated civil penalties specific to the building industry, and broadens the application of those provisions to include transporting and supplying of goods to be used in building work.

18th Apr 2016, 6:23 PM – Senate Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and one other - Second Reading - Agree with the bills' main idea - Division No. 2

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 10
Australian Labor Party (91% turnout) 21
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (100% turnout) 1
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Family First Party (100% turnout) 1
Independent (130% turnout) 1 3
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Party (92% turnout) 23
National Party (75% turnout) 3
Nick Xenophon Team (0.0% turnout)
Palmer United Party (100% turnout) 1
President (100% turnout) 1
Totals (93% turnout) 34 36

The majority voted against a motion to agree with the bills' main idea, which means that the bills have been rejected by the Senate.

These bills have now been rejected by the Senate twice, which means that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can now request a double dissolution election (read more about this on ABC News).

What is a double dissolution election?

A double dissolution election is different from a normal election because both the House of Representatives and the Senate are dissolved and all senators are up for election. Usually only half of the senators are up for election.

Main idea of the bills

The purpose of the bills is to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), which was dissolved by the Rudd Labor Government. Read more about the ABCC in the bills digest.

4th Feb 2016, 10:39 AM – Representatives Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and another - Third Reading - Pass the bills - Division No. 5

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 1
Australian Labor Party (91% turnout) 50
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy Speaker (100% turnout) 1
Independent (150% turnout) 1 2
Katter's Australian Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (92% turnout) 67
National Party (100% turnout) 14
Palmer United Party (0.0% turnout)
Speaker (0.0% turnout)
Totals (91% turnout) 84 53

The majority agreed to pass the bills, meaning that the bills will now go to the Senate for the senators to consider. In parliamentary jargon, they read the bills for a third time.

What were these bills about?

The bills re-institute a workplace relations framework that was first put in place back in 2005. Among other things, they re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and re-introduce provisions dealing with unlawful industrial action and coercion that are specific to the building industry.

Read more in the bills digest.

4th Feb 2016, 10:20 AM – Representatives Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and another - Second Reading - Agree with the bills' main idea - Division No. 2

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 1
Australian Labor Party (91% turnout) 50
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy Speaker (100% turnout) 1
Independent (150% turnout) 1 2
Katter's Australian Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (95% turnout) 69
National Party (100% turnout) 14
Palmer United Party (0.0% turnout)
Speaker (0.0% turnout)
Totals (93% turnout) 86 53

The majority agreed with the main idea of the bills, meaning that they can now discuss them in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, they read the bills for a second time.

Main idea of the bills

The bills re-institute a workplace relations framework that was first put in place back in 2005. Among other things, they re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and re-introduce provisions dealing with unlawful industrial action and coercion that are specific to the building industry.

Read more in the bills digest.

12th Dec 2013, 5:33 PM – Representatives Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Read a second time - Division No. 9

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (0.0% turnout)
Australian Labor Party (78% turnout) 42
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy Speaker (0.0% turnout)
Independent (100% turnout) 1 1
Katter's Australian Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (92% turnout) 67
National Party (100% turnout) 14
Palmer United Party (0.0% turnout)
Speaker (0.0% turnout)
Totals (85% turnout) 83 43

The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill a second time. This means that the majority of MPs agree with the main idea in the bill, which was to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (‘ABCC’).

The House subsequently agreed to a motion to read the bill for a third time without division. This means that the bill was passed in the House and can now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background to the bill

The ABCC was originally established by the Coalition Government in 2005 in response to the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry, which found that there was “widespread disregard of the rule of law” within the industry.( Summary of Findings and Recommendations (1.9MB). For a more general introduction on the ABCC, see the Wikipedia page. ) The Labor Government abolished the ABCC in 2012.

Re-establishing the ABCC was one of the Liberal Party’s policies going into the 2013 election and the bill reflects this.( Improving the Fair Work Laws policy)

13th Oct 2011 – Senate Motions - Australian Building and Construction Commission - Support the Commission - Division No. 5

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (83% turnout) 25
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Democratic Labor Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (0.0% turnout)
Independent (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (96% turnout) 25
National Party (80% turnout) 4
President (100% turnout) 1
Totals (88% turnout) 31 35

The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

This means that the motion was unsuccessful.

The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a)   recognises the positive contribution to productivity, inflation, gross domestic product and days lost through industrial action of the Australian Building and Construction Commission; and

(b)   affirms the need for a tough cop on the beat with power to compel information in order to keep the building and construction industry free of thuggery, intimidation and illegality.