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Labor’s Buy Australian Plan proposes to grow small to mid-sized Australian construction businesses through changes to government buying practices to “maximise opportunities for Aussie businesses in major infrastructure projects,” but the plan fails to recognise that these projects are already largely built by Australian contractors and Australian workers supported by Australian suppliers.

The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) improved by 14.9 points to 53.3 in September, indicating a return to modest expansion in activity across the construction sector (readings above 50 indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a stronger pace of expansion).

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