PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a shocking, expletive-laden video of a union official’s threatening behaviour on a Queensland construction site.
The leak of the tirade is a bid to draw attention to Mr Turnbull’s fight for a building watchdog.
The Coalition’s argument to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission to stamp out improper practice in the notorious industry was the trigger for the federal election that saw Mr Turnbull voted back in, but the issue has had little attention since he started his term.
The video, released to Brisbane newspaper The Courier-Mail, shows a CFMEU official swearing repeatedly and threatening to shut down the Parkland Commonwealth Games Village Project on the Gold Coast.
The official appears to threaten a safety adviser on the site with his job over putting safety measures in place.
“What do you want to do? You want your job shut down for another two days?” the CFMEU official is heard saying.
“Youse want to f*** with me, I tell you now mate. Get off your f***ing arse, you’re supposed to be a safety adviser.”
The safety adviser, employed by Grocon, informs the union man he is trespassing.
“Go f*** yourself. Film it. Because you know what, I got a lot more f***ing money and loyal people,” the CFMEU official replies.
The argument continues with the Grocon employee asking the union official to leave, and the union official continuing to swear and express threats.
“You know what, I know your phone number. I know where you live c***. I’m telling you now,” he says.
Mr Turnbull hopes the shocking video will bolster the case for an industry watchdog.
“We have seen example after example of bullying and stand-over tactics, thuggery and lawlessness of the CFMEU,” Mr Turnbull said, adding the union treated any penalty like parking tickets.
In an ABC radio interview, Mr Turnbull said this morning his proposal was not “anti-union”.
“This is not anti-union, this is not union busting. If the Labor Party were to support this legislation they would build public confidence,” he said.
The Prime Minister claimed a mandate to reinstall the ABCC after being re-elected.
“We need to get the law applied. This is our mandate,” he said.
Master Builders Association chief executive Wilhelm Harnisch said it’s accurate to portray the building industry in cities as a lawless sector ruled by thugs. He said the watchdog worked well before.
“It’s the community that’s being cheated, (because) schools and hospital are unnecessarily costing 30 per cent more by the work practices the CFMEU imposes on contractors,” he told ABC radio.
Mr Turnbull claims union combativeness is rampant across Queensland building sites.
— With AAP