Construction is a winner from new-look Federal Cabinet


Master Builders Australia, the major Australian building and construction industry association, has welcomed Malcolm Turnbull?s new Ministry and its potential to drive a stronger economy.

The Prime Minister?s commitment to a renewed and reinvigorated focus on implementing a policy vision for the economy will boost business, consumer and investor confidence and Master Builders welcomes the appointment of Hon. Scott Morrison MP as the new Treasurer,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“Most welcome for Master Builders is the Prime Minister?s recognition of the role of livable and well-functioning cities as engines of economic growth and productivity.  It is an opportunity to work with the states/territories and local government to tackle the growing problem of housing affordability and to focus on investment, planning and delivery of urban infrastructure that will be overseen by Hon. Jamie Briggs MP as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment,” he said.

On Sunday 20th September the Prime Minister announced his new Ministry line up, calling it a 21st Century Government and a ministry for the future. Among other appointments, Christopher Pyne was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Michaelia Cash will join the Cabinet as Minister for Employment, Minister for women, and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Kelly O’Dwyer MP was appointed the Minister for small business and the Assistant Treasurer and Simon Birmingham was appointed the Minister for Education and Training.

Speaking with journalists on Sunday, the Prime Minister commented that:

“Liveable, vibrant cities are absolutely critical to our prosperity. Historically the Federal Government has had a limited engagement with cities and yet that is where most Australians live, it is where the bulk of our economic growth can be found.

We often overlook the fact that liveable cities, efficient, productive cities, the environment of cities, are economic assets. You know, making sure that Australia is a wonderful place to live in, that our cities and indeed our regional centres are wonderful places to live, is an absolutely key priority of every level of Government. Because the most valuable capital in the world today is not financial capital, there’s plenty of that and it’s very mobile.”

They were comments that were welcomed by the Master Builders Association.

“The new look Cabinet will be positive for the building and construction industry,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

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