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Sep 11, 2017

Shocking facts about construction worker deaths under Abbott-Turnbull govts

Are anti-red tape measures killing Australia's construction workers?

Alan Austin — Freelance journalist with interests in news media, religious affairs and economic and social issues

Alan Austin

Freelance journalist with interests in news media, religious affairs and economic and social issues

The recent Bureau of Statistics construction data was disastrous enough on its own. It showed building and construction investment has now declined for three financial years in a row. For the first time ever. 

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6 thoughts on “Shocking facts about construction worker deaths under Abbott-Turnbull govts

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Nothing from Michaelia Cash on construction industry deaths. Oh I forgot, this does not involve union thuggery.

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    Apparently enabling business to pursue their dreams is good, but ensuring that the dreams of the average construction worker to come home at night is just ‘red tape’.

  3. klewso

    “Trust us, the ABCC will fix all that.”

  4. Tabot Retemt

    Is it not cheaper to pay out on injuries than prevent them?
    Government agencies that regulate industries are seldom industrious.
    That leaves unions to keep the workforce healthy.

  5. AR

    Not to add politics to this sorry tale or nuttin’ but is there any data in the injury/accident statistics that identifies whether the victim is (a) a union member, (b) on a “closed site” and (c) some poor schlub in a dodgy visa category?
    I won’t even mention the connection between ‘construction’ and “retail” to increasing population… ooops.

  6. Wallywonga

    When you recall the really ugly politicisation of the pink batt installation deaths by Abbott – more the responsibility of dodgy, pop up businesses, but he was determined to pin it on Rudd.
    Good case then against Cash and Turnbull re this increased death rate? It is surely the most important mantra of the coalition, to decimate union access and power, esp the CFMEU?