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Pollies called back to Canberra to abolish Tribunal

LOWER House federal politicians will be called back to Canberra for two days next week to consider abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday that he would bring forward legislation to abolish the regulator following its decision to create a minimum wage for truck drivers.

Labor and the Greens oppose the abolition of the tribunal, instead arguing for changes to the rules around driver wages.

But Mr Turnbull said if that legislation did not pass, he would also move a second bill to delay the tribunal's decision until next year.

The new bills are being brought forward following a Coalition backbench revolt in recent weeks against the regulator.

But they could distract from the government's attack on the Opposition as it seeks crossbench support to pass two bills - on union transparency and a building watchdog - that could yet trigger a double dissolution election.



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