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April 18, 2016

In Question Time today, the Leader of Government Business, Christopher Pyne, completely contradicted the Prime Minister’s claim about productivity in the building and construction industry during the life of the former Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).

The Government consistently relies on erroneous claims that that productivity in the construction industry was better under the ABCC, yet because this government is in compete chaos, they can’t even get their lies straight.

On the 21st of March, Mr Turnbull said:

“When the Australian Building and Construction Commission was in force, ”productivity in the sector grew by 20 per cent.  Since it was abolished productivity has flatlined. 

Today, the Leader of Government Business didn’t reference the Prime Minister’s 20 per cent figure.

Instead Mr Pyne said: “The last time we had the Australian Building and Construction Commission, productivity in the building and construction industry rose by 9 per cent.”

Which figure is it because it can’t be both? The Prime Minister’s or the Leader of Government Business?

You’d think the Abbott-Turnbull Government would be able to get right the main statistic they are relying on as the basis for reintroducing the ABCC – their double-dissolution trigger.

The enormous discrepancy between the two shows how fickle the Government’s agenda is.

Like Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull will say and do anything to be Prime Minister.   

The truth on productivity is this, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, there has been continuous improvement in productivity in the construction industry since records began in the late 1980s and the rate of improvement in the 7 years before the ABCC was introduced is better than the 7 years the ABCC was in place, and it has continued to improve since the ABCC was abolished.

The Prime Minister and his Liberal team must stop lying to the Australian people to justify their need to go to a double dissolution election – and if they are to lie, they should at least have their lies be consistent.

Malcolm Turnbull claims a double dissolution is not a political tactic but his government’s lies about the ABCC Bills prove that it is.

If Malcolm Turnbull wants to fight an election putting the Liberals’ record against Labor’s standing up for workers, bring it on.

Labor will always fight for workers and the conditions they rely on; Mr Turnbull and his Liberals will fight for big business and cuts to penalty rates.