Labor panics, shuts construction industry

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Monday 20 September 2021

The Andrews Labor Government has sent Victoria into a state of chaos and confusion after shutting down the entire construction industry for two weeks.

The Liberal Nationals oppose the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to shut down the entire industry. There is no justification for this panicked decision.

Where is the health advice that supports this decision? Why was construction safe a day ago, but not safe now?

This is a drastic move that will put tens of thousands of Victorians out of work and cost Victoria billions in lost productivity.

If shut-downs are necessary, they should be targeted at areas that represent the most risk in the industry. The entire construction industry should not be punished for the actions of a very small minority.

The Liberal Nationals condemn the violent protests that occurred today at the CFMEU offices. Violence is never an acceptable way to protest.

The construction industry is the fourth largest employer in the state, accounting for about 296,000 jobs. It also accounts for about 7.7 per cent of Victoria’s GSP, representing almost $35 billion of investment in our economy.

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to immediately reverse its decision and engage with key stakeholders to ensure the construction industry can continue operating in accordance with existing COVID-safe plans.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Industry and Manufacturing, Bridget Vallence:

“The Andrews Labor Government must immediately reverse its panicked decision to shut down the entire construction industry.

“The Liberal Nationals condemn the violent protests, but the actions of a few should not be used as an excuse to shut down an entire industry, putting tens of thousands of people out of work.

“Daniel Andrews panicked and has provided no health advice for his drastic action that construction is not safe tomorrow, when it was safe today.

“Thousands of workers and subcontractors will be forced out of work because of Daniel Andrews and Labor’s failure to prepare the health system and manage the COVID crisis.”