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ABCC laws in disarray as DPP drops charges against unionist

Australia's Building and Construction laws are in disarray today as the DPP dropped charges against
union official Noel Washington.

Mr Washington was charged for refusing to attend a compulsory interview. As a matter of principle
he had refused to attend an interview with the Australian Building and Construction Commission. He
was due to appear in court on 2 December. Mr. Washington was not being investigated for any
matter, but was required by the ABCC to attend an interview about what had occurred at a union

Dave Noonan, CFMEU Construction Division National Secretary said the first cracks are appearing
in the ABCC laws, but the campaign would not be finished until the laws were scrapped.

"For months now we have spoken out how the laws are unfair. The decision by the DPP today to
drop the laws shows that they are fundamentally unworkable.

"This decision is a clear message to the Government that the laws are in disarray and need to be
abolished," said Dave Noonan.

"The fact that over 100 workers have already been dragged before the ABCC and threatened with
imprisonment should not be forgotten. These laws were created by a Government determined to
destroy building workers rights, and it is time that they were removed.

"Construction workers should have the same rights as other Australians, and this decision today is a
terrible slap in the face to an unaccountable organization that is a hangover from the Howard era."

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