ABCC Stoops To ?Bullying Tactics? Against Journalists
Saturday, 28 February 2009
The ABCC has turned its coercive powers onto journalists, issuing subpoenas to two publications in an attempt to force journalists to give up notes for their stories on the Westgate Bridge demarcation dispute.
According to the building industry watchdog's annual report, the ABCC substantially increased its use of its compulsory examination power in 2007-08, almost tripling the number of notices to attend and answer questions. The organisation conducted 54 interviews following the issue of notices in 2007-08 (46 of them in Victoria) compared to 20 in 2006-07.