PROPERTY taxes and union bullying in the construction industry are the two issues underpinning the Master Builders Australia election campaign, which was launched today.
The Strong Building, Strong Economy campaign calls for the support of Master Builders’ policy ‘wish list’ to back small business, stop the bullying on building sites, boost house building activity and train more apprentices.
Australia-wide advertising will focus on opposing the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and an increase in capital gains tax and restrictions on negative gearing.
“Both of these issues are of the utmost importance to our members – the builders and tradies that underpin a strong economy in cities, towns and regions around the country,” chief executive Denita Wawn said.
“Union bullying in the construction sector is not tolerated anywhere else in the community but unions persist in using bullying tactics to hold the industry and the community to ransom.
“Union bullying drives up construction costs by 30 per cent, forcing the community to pay more for schools and hospitals and other taxpayer funded infrastructure.
“Doubling capital gains tax and restrictions on negative gearing will mean that up to 42,000 new homes are not built, up to 32,000 less jobs will be created and that up to an $11.8 billion hit on the building industry will occur.”