ABCC ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’

A Federal Court judge has blasted the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) for wasting time and taxpayers' money on taking two Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials to court for “having a cup of tea with a mate”.

Justice Tony North said on March 10 it was “astounding” that the ABCC had conducted days of hearing with dozens of participants over two years for “such a miniscule, insignificant affair”.

The CFMEU officials went to a building site at Melbourne Airport in 2014 with a friend who was a safety representative. When a manager saw them he called the AFP.

The case has cost the ABCC about $100,000.

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