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Ί ί MINISTER FOR

HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION

MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Chris HURFORD MP

EMBARGO: 7.00 PM FRIDAY 1 JUNE, 1984

MRS 57/84

EXCERPTS OF SPEECH BY THE HON.CHRIS HURFORD, MP, MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION AND MINISTER ASSISTING THE TREASURER, TO THE MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW SOUTH WALES, FRIDAY 1 JUNE, 1984, SHERATON WENTWORTH HOTEL, SYDNEY.

J' . . . M y c h a l le n g e is t o show you t h a t you w i l l always be b e t t e r o f f under

our p o l i c i e s and management... than you would be under the a l t e r n a t i v e .

In s h o r t , t h e l a s t y e a r is not a ' f 1a s h - i n - t h e - p a n 1. I t has r e s u l t e d

from sounder p r i n c i p l e s being a p p l i e d . "

" . . . T h i s is not t o say t h e r e are n e i t h e r problems nor c h a l le n g e s in f r o n t

o f u s . "

" . . . T h e f a c t is t h a t our most i m p o r t a n t o b j e c t i v e s are o b j e c t i v e s we hold

in common."

" . .. W e are a l l very concerned, f o r example, about i n d u s t r i a l r e l a t i o n s

m a t t e r s , p a r t i c u l a r l y th e f u t u r e of the s u b - c o n t r a c t i n g system. Let me

say at the o u t s e t t h a t I can sympathise w i t h those who wish t o p r es er v e a

tim e- h on ou re d system which has given us one o f th e lo we s t c o s t housing

i n d u s t r i e s in the w o r l d . "

"But we al so need t o make sure t h a t we have a system which giv es a f a i r

deal t o e v e r y o n e . . . the home-buyer, the b u i l d e r and th e w o r k e r . "

"S u r e l y t h e r e is evidence t h a t some s u b - c o n t r a c t o r s were e x p l o i t e d by

some b u i l d e r s in the rec ent b u i l d i n g slump. I t is not s u r p r i s i n g t h a t

t h i s has led t o a pr essure f o r c o l l e c t i v e a c t i o n . "

" . . . I am sure we would a l l agree t h a t i n d u s t r i a l r e l a t i o n s in our i n d u s t r y

needs t o be improved. I would not suggest t h i s w i l l be easy. But I am

convinced t h a t w i t h more g o o d w il l on a l l s id es a b e t t e r s p i r i t o f c o­

o p e r a t i o n and c o n s u l t a t i o n can be deve loped. I t is our Govenrment's aim

t o f o s t e r t h i s b e t t e r s p i r i t . "

" . . . T h e r e has been a good deal o f debate r e c e n t l y on the a p p r o p r i a t e s iz e

o f the Budget d e f i c i t in 1984/85. Some business spokesmen have been

pushing f o r a $5 b i l l i o n d e f i c i t . "

"I cannot conceive t h a t the b u i l d i n g i n d u s t r y would s up p or t these c a l l s . "

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p u b l i c s e c t o r c o n s t r u c t i o n a c t i v i t y . T h e b u i l d i n g i n d u s t r y w o u l d h a v e r e m a i n e d

d e p r e s s e d .

" Y o u r i n d u s t r y , a b o v e a l l o t h e r s , s h o u l d r e c o g n i s e t h e b e n e f i t s o f a

$ 7 b i l l i o n d e f i c i t i n 1 9 8 4 / 8 5 . . . A d e f i c i t w h i c h w i l l g i v e a f u r t h e r

r e s p o n s i b l e f i s c a l s t i m u l u s w i t h o u t e x e r t i n g u p w a r d p r e s s u r e o n i n t e r e s t

r a t e s o r i n f l a t i o n . A o n e o r t w o o r e v e n t h r e e b i l l i o n d o l l a r c u t i n

p u b l i c s p e n d i n g a d v o c a t e d b y s o me w o u l d i m p a c t v e r y a d v e r s e l y o n t h e

c o n s t r u c t i o n a c t i v i t i e s o f t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h a n d S t a t e s - a n d a c c o r d i n g l y

y o u r i n d u s t r y . "

" . . . w i t h r e s p o n s i b l e e c o n o m i c m a n a g e m e n t , o u r e c o n o m i c o u t l o o k i s b r i g h t .

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