Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has lashed out at thuggery in the construction industry, calling it a drag on productivity and economic growth.

Australia needed to do better than the 2.8 per cent economic growth recorded in 2013, Mr Hockey said of the latest national account figures. Trend or above-trend growth of three to 3.25 per cent should be the target, he said. Citing the government’s planned repeals of the carbon and mining…