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Construction work falls amidst a struggling industry



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BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS

MEMBER FOR GORTON

CONSTRUCTION WORK FALLS AMIDST A STRUGGLING INDUSTRY

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today shows signs of weakness in the

construction industry and yet the Morrison Government has no plan whatsoever to deal with

the significant structural issues facing the industry.

Construction work in the June quarter fell 3.8 per cent, with building construction work alone

down by 5.7 per cent in the quarter.

The data follows rising instances of problems in the building industry from cracking

apartments, increases in professional indemnity insurance, and the use of combustible

cladding, all of which are threatening a downturn in the sector along with public safety.

Each day the Morrison Government fails to take leadership and respond to the building

industry crisis, businesses are closing down, the safety and lives of Australians are put at risk.

The Government must heed these warnings along with other recent warnings from a number

of economists and the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, that show the construction

sector slowing.

From shirking any responsibility for what is now a broken regulatory and enforcement regime

in the building industry, to failing to deal with the importation of non-conforming building

products and growing cases of phoenixing, the Government is not effectively dealing with the

economic and safety crisis affecting the building and construction industry.

The construction industry is national and is critical to the Australian economy, but this

government is failing to manage the many challenges it’s facing.

The Government needs to stop the blame game, take charge and outline a plan to fix this

mess and ensure public safety.

WEDNESDAY, 28 AUGUST 2019

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