Master Builders Backs Positive Policy Narrative

26 August 2013

“Master Builders therefore welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to taking substantive action to help foster a stronger Australian economy and to tackle the structural fiscal deficit,” he said.

Master Builders Backs Positive Policy Narrative

Master Builders Australia welcomes the change in the national policy narrative outlined in the Coalition’s Campaign Launch today. 

“Master Builders has been vocal in its advocacy for policies to boost the economy, employment and productivity because of the building and construction industry’s crucial role as a key engine of the economy,” Chief Executive Officer Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“Master Builders therefore welcomes the Coalition’s commitment to taking substantive action to help foster a stronger Australian economy and to tackle the structural fiscal deficit,” he said.

“Master Builders Strong Building Strong Economy Campaign champions the policy narrative that a strong building industry, increased and more affordable housing, more investment in vital community infrastructure and more liveable communities cannot exist without a strong national economy and vice versa,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“This is why Master Builders is a strong advocate for the restoration of the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), and welcomes the Coalition’s announcement for this to occur in the first 100 days of an Abbott Government if it is elected,” he said.

“Master Builders also supports the Coalition’s commitment to the future of apprenticeships through its proposed Trade Support Loans scheme. This policy is based on a similar proposal by Master Builders and will significantly assist apprentice retention and completion rates and will help boost Australia’s future skilled workforce,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“But more needs to be done to improve the apprenticeship system,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the decision by the Fair Work Commission, handed down on Friday 23 August 2013, to massively increase wages of first and second year trades apprentices will dent the benefits of the proposed loans scheme,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

Master Builders reminds both major parties at this Federal Election that responsible and real policy road maps to address the economy and the structural budget deficit must underpin their vision for the nation’s future.

“A strong building and construction industry can play a vital role in the Australian economy as it transitions post the resources boom and Master Builders looks forward to the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) vision for the future of Australia and the building and construction industry,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

A copy of the submission is available from www.masterbuilders.com.au

Master Builders Australia, Level 1, 16 Bentham Street (PO Box 7170 YARRALUMLA  ACT  2600, 

ABN 68 137 130 182, Tel: 02 6202 8888, Fax 02 6202 8877, Email enquiries@masterbuilders.com.au

 

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