Will Hodgman continues to ignore combustible cladding emergency

  • Number of houses in bushfire prone areas with combustible cladding still unknown
  • Will Hodgman remains indifferent about nationwide cladding emergency
  • In Question Time today Will Hodgman failed to explain why the Government is trailing other states in acting on combustible cladding which is putting thousands of Tasmanians at risk.

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction, Jen Butler, said the cladding emergency shouldn’t be downplayed.

    “Combustible cladding puts lives at risk. It is a risk to the construction industry, to jobs, and increasingly in the lead up to Tasmania’s bushfire season, to people’s homes,” Ms Butler said.

    “Other states have taken this issue much more seriously and have begun combustion testing to identify buildings over two stories with dangerous combustible claddings, as well as buildings in bushfire prone areas. Meanwhile, Will Hodgman remains indifferent about the nationwide cladding emergency.

    “Given last summer’s devastating bushfire season, it is shocking that Will Hodgman is dragging his heels on this issue.

    “Tasmanians deserve to know how many residential buildings in bushfire prone areas have dangerous combustible cladding on them.

    “With the fire season just around the corner, Will Hodgman must commit to a new audit of buildings in bushfire prone areas in order to reduce risk to residents and first responders.”

    Jen Butler MP

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction