Construction Commission boss Nigel Hadgkiss resigns after admitting to breaking law

Australian Building and Construction Commission boss Nigel Hadgkiss has resigned.
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The head of the Turnbull government’s controversial building industry watchdog has resigned after admitting to breaching workplace laws.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says Australian Building and Construction Commission commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss tendered his resignation on Wednesday and she had accepted.

“The government thanks Mr Hadgkiss for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” Senator Cash said in a statement. “Mr Hagdkiss will serve a two-week transition period to facilitate a handover of his responsibilities to an acting commissioner.”

Mr Hadgkiss came under immediate pressure to resign on Tuesday after he admitted to recklessly misrepresenting union rights to employers.

Mr Hadgkiss’ resignation is a major embarrassment for the government, which has been ramping up its campaign against union lawlessness, particularly in the building and construction sector.

The government’s legislation to resurrect the ABCC – a Howard-era body that was dismantled by Labor – was the catalyst for the 2016 double dissolution election.