Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

30 July 2020

Elise Archer, Minister for Building and Construction

Butler’s building blunder

The Tasmanian Government is getting on with the job of helping the State recover and rebuild from COVID-19.

We will deliver on our plan that will support thousands of Tasmanian jobs and activate $3.1 billion of construction activity across Tasmania.

Like everywhere else in the world, Tasmania is not immune from the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

For Shadow Minister for Building and Construction, Jen Butler to politicise the impacts of COVID-19 is both tacky and irresponsible.

However, while national building approvals decreased by 15.8 per cent in June 2020 compared to the previous year, in Tasmania building approvals actually grew 3.4 per cent over the year, demonstrating our plan is working.

The total number of building approvals in Tasmania for the 2019/20 financial year was 3,187,  with $1.53 billion in total value approved.

Our Government rebuilt Tasmania’s economy to be the number one in the country prior to COVID-19, and we will do it again.

Jen Butler and Labor need to stop foolishly politicising the hardships faced by Tasmania, and indeed all jurisdictions, as a result of the global pandemic.

We have a plan in action for Tasmania’s economic and social recovery, and we will continue to deliver it for the benefit of all Tasmanians.

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