Liberals failing to deal with Tasmania’s building industry crisis

Tasmanian Labor
  • Liberals have disregarded warning signs for five years
  • Industry at risk because of Government’s inaction
  • The Liberals are failing to treat the issue of combustible cladding with the urgency that it deserves.

    Labor has called on the Government to address the dangerous combustible cladding that has been identified on 43 Tasmanian buildings.

    The Building and Construction Minister has been aware of the significant risk combustible cladding represents to the public since 2014.

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction Jen Butler acknowledged that 42 out of 43 building were re-assessed and classified as being in a low-risk category according to the audit criteria, but said risk of any kind cannot be downplayed.

    “There is no such thing as low risk or high risk – it is simply risk,” Ms Butler said.

    “The Building and Construction Minister Elise Archer must stop downplaying cladding risk to safety, jobs and construction industry.”

    Ms Butler today called on the Minister, in the interest of public safety to table the list of 42 buildings with combustible cladding as a matter of urgency.

    The Tasmanian Government will also be called on to implement a total ban on the importation, sale and use of Polyethylene core aluminum composite panels as a matter of urgency, following a 2017 Senate inquiry that recommended a ban on the use and importation of combustible cladding.

    “Inaction and delays from Elise Archer will only lead to more job losses and have serious impacts on the broader building industry.

    “The list of ‘at risk’ buildings must be released,” Ms Butler said.

    Jen Butler MP

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction

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