Labor queries why Australian Building and Construction Commission head was appointed when government knew he had been accused of breaching laws

Malcolm Turnbull has absolved his employment minister, Michaelia Cash, of any responsibility for the controversial appointment of Nigel Hadgkiss as head of the building industry watchdog, saying Hadgkiss was appointed by an act of parliament, not by Cash personally.

Labor is now ramping up calls for an inquiry, and the Greens are backing it.

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