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‘Going to an extreme’: Builders’ fears around watchdog decision

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The building industry watchdog’s powers will be wound back to the “bare legal minimum” within days as the Albanese government pushes ahead with plans to scrap the regulator entirely.

Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke announced on Sunday that building code regulation changes will come into effect from Tuesday before introducing legislation later in 2022 to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Denita Wawn, Chief Executive of Master Builders Australia, told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast that she was concerned for the industry after Tony Burke announced the adjustment to the ABCC’s powers.

“If there were some tweaks to the building code that retained the big fundamentals of the building code, then we would accept that,” she said.

“But what we are anticipating is that it gets rid of some sections that have been long-standing provisions to give some safety to the industry,

“We are going to an extreme that is unnecessary, particularly at the moment where the economy is so fragile and also critical to economic growth.”

Press PLAY below to hear the full interview and why she’s worried about the changes made to the building watchdog.

Gareth Parker
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