Malcolm Turnbull's ABCC law passes through the Senate

THE contentious new law that sent Australia to the ballot box earlier this year has passed the Senate, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull finally secured the support of crossbenchers.

Mr Turnbull used the proposed law - that would revive the office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner - to trigger a double-dissolution election when it failed to pass.

Now, in the final sitting week of Parliament for the year, the bill has passed through the Senate with the backing of One Nation and Nick Xenophon Team senators, along with Derryn Hinch and Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm.

Mr Turnbull and his team have been busily negotiating with all the Senate crossbenchers to ensure the bill's passage or risk it being delayed into 2017.



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