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Building approvals slide confirms recovery plan woes

  • ABS data shows 10.8 per cent fall in Tasmanian building approvals for June
  • ABS highlights concerns about Tasmania’s approvals decline
  • Combined with latest jobs figures, data shows Premier’s recovery plan not working

New data showing a big drop in building approvals in Tasmania has raised further concerns about the slow start to Tasmania’s ‘construction blitz’ and the negative effect on job creation.

Shadow Minister for Building and Construction Jen Butler said the Australian Bureau of Statistics noted Tasmania’s double-digit drop in approvals in its own media release.

“Tasmania’s building approvals fell by 10.8 per cent in June – a point highlighted in the ABS media release – with the decline since March a whopping 30 per cent,” Ms Butler said.

“These figures come on top of worse-than-expect jobs data this week, showing 2,300 jobs were lost in Tasmania in the past two weeks alone.

“Peter Gutwein has promised billions of dollars to bolster the construction industry as a way to try to dig Tasmania out of the COVID-19 crisis, but these figures show his recovery plan is not working.

“The government cannot afford to put all its eggs in one basket. It needs a comprehensive plan to create jobs across the state and across industry sectors.

Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package which formed the basis of Labor’s submission to the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council outlines clear plans to create jobs in industries needing it most, including Free TAFE courses to upskill workers.

“I urge the government to put politics aside and consider these measures to lead Tasmania’s recovery and get Tasmanians back into jobs.”

Jen Butler MP
Shadow Minister for Building and Construction