Freelander says Morrison government has no plan to help tradies in trouble

MP Stephen Jones, Anthony Albanese MP, Sharon Bird MP and Dr Michael Freelander MP . Picture: Sylvia Liber.
MP Stephen Jones, Anthony Albanese MP, Sharon Bird MP and Dr Michael Freelander MP . Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Macarthur MP Mike Freelander says housing construction work is about to fall off a cliff and the Morrison Government has no plan to help tradies in trouble.

"Almost one million people work in the construction industry, with around ten thousand of them working right here in Macarthur," Dr Mike Freelander said.

"The Government needs to stop delaying and urgently develop a plan to help save the jobs of around 10,000 local tradies and 2,500 small and family businesses."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was working on new stimulus measures.

Dr Freelander said the pipeline of work in the housing construction industry was drying up and will result in a sharp decline in work for around 10 378 tradies and 2 573 small and family businesses working in construction in Macarthur unless urgent action was taken.

The Macarthur MP said Labor called on the Federal Government more than five weeks ago to develop a National Housing Stimulus Plan to stop massive job losses in the housing construction industry.

"To help fill this gap, Labor has already called on the Government to work with state governments, the private sector and superannuation funds to invest in more social and affordable housing and the repair and maintenance existing social housing," Dr Freelander said.

"Labor also called on the Government to build more affordable rental housing for the true heroes of the COVID-19 crisis, including nurses, cleaners, aged care workers, supermarket workers, bus drivers, and other front-line workers so they can live closer to where they work.

"In times of economic shock, housing construction has played a vital role in national economic recovery. Now is the time to act.

"The Government needs to hurry up and act before more local tradies in Macarthur lose their jobs and more small and family businesses hit the wall."

Mr Morrison told the ABC house building and residential construction was going to be something the government needed to address.

"We'll have more to say about this once the details are finalised, but it is about creating jobs and supporting jobs in our residential construction sector," he said.

"The tradies and all the others, the apprentices and others who work in that home-building sector, are a sector we know are going to feel a lot of pain unless we can keep a continuity in the business with house construction."