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Doubts Senate will get ABCC vote this year

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016

A federal Liberal backbencher does not believe the legislation that triggered this year's double dissolution election will be put before the Senate this year.

With three parliamentary sitting weeks left for 2016, the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the registered organisations bill have yet to enter the upper house.

"My understanding is that, at this point, it will not be put before the Senate before the end of the year," Tim Wilson told ABC television on Sunday.

In interview on Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said these bills would be brought into the Senate "when we have the best prospect of getting them passed".

Mr Wilson said the bills are a high priority but until Labor is prepared to allow the law to be enforced on building sites, it will be a challenge to get it through the Senate.

"Crossbench senators are going to be needed and while there is at least two of those in doubt, it's not necessarily the most sensible thing to bring that bill through," Mr Wilson said.

Two crossbench Senate positions face the possibility of a High Court challenge being made this week.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said the prime minister had spruiked the industrial relations legislation and a company tax cut as the two big reasons to vote Liberal at the federal election.

"We see no sign of them advancing either of these matters now and it has been four months," he told ABC TV.

"Why did we have a double-dissolution election?"

He said what would happen in the Senate was anybody's guess and repeated Labor's insistence it has zero tolerance for union wrongdoing.

Mr Turnbull has seized on videos uncovered in the past week - showing construction union officials bragging about taking over the Labor Party - to pressure the opposition over the new laws.

Mr Shorten dismissed it as "a couple of people talking to their friends on a YouTube video".

"They don't give us orders," he said.

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