Abbott must not yield to construction villains

Ending cartel-style agreements in the building sector will have a high political cost for the Coalition, particularly in NSW, but Tony Abbott must take on these vested interests for the good of Australia.

The stakes could not be higher for the Australian nation and the Abbott government. Before coming into office and since being elected to government, there has been one policy that has been consistently paramount on the agenda: the end to the cartel-style agreements between commercial building groups and unions. It is these agreements that make Australia one if the highest-cost places in the world to erect a commercial building, including resource projects and apartments.

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