NSW Labor will move a series of amendments to the Building Products (Safety) Bill 2017 that would ensure homeowners aren’t left with the costs of fixing dodgy building products which has left more than 1000 buildings in NSW exposed to a catastrophic fire.
The Government has shocked industry by removing key elements of a draft Bill which would have mirrored legislation in Queensland that adopts a “chain of responsibility” principle – placing a duty of care on everyone in the building supply chain.
The clauses removed by the Government would have protected homeowners, de-risked the budding supply chain, and prevented the incidence of dodgy and unsafe building products like flammable aluminum cladding.
The Berejiklian-Barilaro Government has known about this issue since 2015, but was forced into action after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London.
The legislation does not address the crucial issue of who would pay for rectification works, with it becoming apparent that costs would be picked up by homeowners.
These costs could run into the millions of dollars, as seen in the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne’s docklands, with innocent owners locked in expensive litigation over who will pay for the estimated $15 million worth of repairs.
NSW Labor would strengthen other provisions of the bill by requiring the Government to notify all residents of the existence of dangerous building material, not just owners or the owners’ corporations of apartment complexes.
“This Bill does not make one single building in this state any safer.
“The NSW Government has ripped out provisions contained within a draft Bill which would have protected homeowners from the cost of fixing up dodgy aluminum cladding.
“Those responsible for dangerous product in and on our homes should pay and be held accountable.
“The Berejiklian-Barilaro Government is trying to rush through shoddy legislation after sitting on its hands for more than two years.”