The Fair Work Building and Construction, the construction industry watchdog, headed by Nigel Hadgkiss, has been condemned by the ombudsman for breaching confidentiality of people it is examining and for using questionable interviewing techniques.
Colin Neave, Commonwealth ombudsman has investigated 12 examinations by the watchdog in 2014/2015 financial year and made a number of recommendations to Mr Hadgkiss, the director of FWBC in a report tabled in federal parliament.
The ombudsman found that in a number of interviews, the FWBC examiners finished the examinee’s sentences rather than allow the examinee to finish.
The examiners also asked examinees to speculate or use questions to suggest evidence.
The Turnbull government is trying to replace the FWBC with the Australian Building and Construction Commission.