Cam­paign bid to build a strong eco­nomic in­flu­ence

Pilbara News - - Property - Court­ney Fowler

The Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion has launched a me­dia cam­paign in the lead-up to the Fed­eral elec­tion on July 2, set­ting out what the in­dus­try wants from the next Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mas­ter Builders di­rec­tor Michael McLean the de­ci­sion to en­gage in a non-po­lit­i­cal me­dia cam­paign was taken to en­sure the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try in WA could play a more in­flu­en­tial role in strength­en­ing the Aus­tralian econ­omy.

“Our cam­paign is part of a na­tional me­dia cam­paign but with a State fo­cus based on the theme of ‘Strong Build­ing, Strong Econ­omy’,” Mr McLean said.

“The two most crit­i­cal el­e­ments of our cam­paign will fo­cus on the need to re-es­tab­lish the Aus­tralian Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion and the ben­e­fits of re­tain­ing neg­a­tive gear­ing.”

Mr McLean said mem­bers were ap­palled by nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples of un­law­ful in­dus­trial re­la­tions prac­tices ex­posed by the Hey­don Royal Com­mis­sion.

“This has tar­nished the rep­u­ta­tion of our in­dus­try and can only be ef­fec­tively ad­dressed by a well-re­sourced and em­pow­ered ABCC,” he said.

“It is very dis­turb­ing that the cur­rent reg­u­la­tor, the Fair Work Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion, has pub­licly con­ceded that it is ill-equipped to deal with many of the un­law­ful in­dus­trial re­la­tions ac­tions which are preva­lent in our in­dus­try.”

Mr McLean said other themes their cam­paign would fo­cus on were “ap­pren­tice­ship and skills train­ing” and build­ing a strong econ­omy.

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This has tar­nished the rep­u­ta­tion of our in­dus­try. Michael McLean

Pic­ture: Mo­gens Johansen.

Michael McLean from the Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion of WA.

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