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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 March 2018) . . Page.. 862 ..

Mr Hanson’s amendment to Ms Fitzharris’s proposed amendment to Ms Le Couteur’s proposed amendment agreed to.

Ms Fitzharris’s amendment, as amended, to Ms Le Couteur’s proposed amendment agreed to.

Ms Le Couteur’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Construction industry regulation

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.37): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the government has an obligation to provide a proper and effective regulatory framework to ensure the building industry delivers high quality property construction outcomes;

(b) failure to ensure construction quality across the building industry not only endangers the safety of those involved in construction activity but potentially the safety of building occupants;

(c) poor quality construction can have severe financial impacts on those who, in good faith, have purchased a defective structure;

(d) media reports on defective constructions are damaging Canberra’s reputation as a jurisdiction of high quality building standards;

(e) major industry bodies agree that substantial and fundamental improvements in design and construction regulatory disciplines are urgently needed; and

(f) industry bodies have expressed strong support for strengthening the regulatory framework governing construction standards and also support clamping down on shoddy builders;

(2) further notes that:

(a) in June 2016, the Minister for Planning and Land Management announced major reforms for the building regulatory system;

(b) these reforms consisted of 43 separate proposals that make a major contribution to strengthening regulation of Canberra’s building industry and hence its reputation and desirability of this industry as a preferred vendor;

(c) the minister promised to have these completed by the end of 2017 with the exception of reforming alternative dispute resolution standards to be completed by the end of 2017-18;

(d) despite the pressing need for these reforms, the minister has missed his deadlines by a wide margin; and

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