How many extra deaths have there been since former prime minister Tony Abbott promised to boost construction activity in Australia by cutting regulations? The answer appears to be around six each year for the last three years.

Crikey was first alerted to this issue early in 2015 after a spike in construction fatalities following Abbott’s two powerful pre-election boasts: that he would be “an infrastructure prime minister who puts bulldozers on the ground and cranes into our skies” and that he would cut industry regulations.