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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

More evidence HomeBuilder is not enough


 

Up to 42,000 Australians who work in the construction industry will lose their jobs this financial year, according to the Australian Construction Industry Forum.
 
Updated forecasts reveal that the construction industry, which employs one in ten Australian workers, “is still being hammered by COVID downturn” and construction of houses and apartments will not return to peak pre-pandemic levels until the middle of the decade.
 
This should not come as a surprise to the Morrison Government.
 
For months, the construction industry and Treasury have warned residential construction will fall this financial year and when fewer homes are built, jobs will be lost.
 
All of these forecasts from Treasury and the construction industry factor in the HomeBuilder Scheme.
 
This new report is more evidence that HomeBuilder is too small to stop tradies in the housing construction industry from losing their jobs.
 
The scheme needs to be extended but this alone is not enough. More needs to be done to save tradie jobs.
 
When private demand for housing drops it makes sense for government to invest more in social housing.
 
Instead, the Morrison Government has ignored a stack of warnings* from housing industry, Treasury and Labor to invest more money in social housing.
 
For every dollar invested in construction, three dollars is created for the broader economy. We are in a recession – this investment makes sense.
 
Labor has repeatedly called on the Morrison Government to put together a comprehensive housing stimulus plan, which should include investing half a billion dollars to fast-track urgent repairs to social housing. This would create work for thousands of tradies in almost every suburb and town.
 
Repairs could start almost immediately, providing work for local plumbers, chippies, sparkies, plasterers and painters as well as companies that manufacture building supplies and materials. This would also provide opportunities for apprentices.

* A STACK OF WARNINGS:

DATE

SOURCE

17 April 2020

 

Master Builders Australia
Building Industry – Impact of COVID-19 Survey

 

23 April 2020

 

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP
Press Conference

2 May 2020

 

Master Builders Australia

Rebuilding Australia Volume 2, A COVID-19 Action Plan for the Housing Sector Report

14 May 2020

 

Housing Industry Association
HIA Home Building Recovery Plan COVID-19

19 May 2020

 

Property Council of Australia
A Seven-Point Plan for Economic Recovery

19 May 2020

 

Housing Industry Association
National Industry Outlook

 

30 May 2020

 

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP

Press Conference

 

1 June 2020

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP 

Press Conference

 

28 June 2020

Grattan Institute
The Recovery Book: what Australia governments should do now

29 June 2020

 

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP 

Press Conference

15 July 2020

 

PowerHousing Australia
Australian Affordable Housing Report

6 August 2020

 

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP Press Conference

13 August 2020

 

Macromonitor
Impact of COVID-19 on Australian Construction

14 August 2020

 

Treasury
Senate Select Committee on COVID-19, Public Hearing

17 August 2020

 

Master Builders Australia
Media Release
Pre-Budget Submission

17 August 2020

 

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP 

Press Conference

18 August 2020

 

Housing Industry Association 
National Industry Outlook

26 August 2020

 

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Jason Clare MP 

Press Conference

 

21 September 2020

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation 
COVID-19: Australia’s Population and Housing Demand

 

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2020
 
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