lazy leaky labor

Lazy Leaky Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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Too little too late from Labor for building industry.

Licensed building certifiers in Queensland are set to experience significant increases in insurance premiums and uncertainty in their claims as a result of Labor’s failure to resolve issues faced by the industry.

Labor waited until the last possible moment prior to today’s July 2 deadline to resolve issues relating to combustible cladding and other non-conforming building products despite having knowledge of the looming crisis.

LNP Shadow Housing Minister Michael Hart said this was yet another example of embattled Labor Minister Mick De Brenni not being up to the job.

“Peak bodies have been urging the Palaszczuk Labor Government to address this pressing issue for over 2 years,” Mr Hart said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failure to take action on this issue is a major blow to the construction industry.

“This is yet another blunder to rock Mick De Brenni’s portfolio and Queenslanders are paying for his mistakes.

“If building certifiers can’t get insurance, the construction industry will grind to a halt.

“This is a complex issue that needs significant consultation before changes are made and the Minister has wasted the last 2 years by allowing this issue to fester in the background.”

Mr Hart said Labor’s response to insurance increases offered too little too late and many issues still needed to be addressed.

“Safety is paramount and combustible cladding issue must be addressed but Labor’s 11th hour legislation changes are simply a band-aid solution,” Mr Hart said.

“Allowing licensed certifiers to hold professional indemnity insurance with cladding-related exclusions is only a stop-gap measure and will lead to greater uncertainty within the industry.

“Labor needs to provide greater certainty to reassure construction industry workers and homeowners that appropriate protections will remain in place.”

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