GOVERNMENT REFUSES SUPPORT FOR BUILDING INQUIRY

Government refuses Support for Building Inquiry

GOVERNMENT REFUSES SUPPORT FOR BUILDING INQUIRY

6 December 2001

National Party Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today condemned the Carr Labor Government for its refusal to support a call by the Coalition to consider the urgent need for an inquiry into the state's home building industry.

In a stinging attack on the Government, Shadow Minister for Fair Trading, Mike Gallacher, today said, "This Government's point blank refusal to debate the urgent need for an inquiry into the state's home building industry is a scathing indictment on their complete lack of support for this vital industry."

"Home building and supporting industries comprise the largest sector of the NSW economy. The industry is in crisis and this government has chosen to turn their back on more than 150,000 builders and contractors and the hundreds of thousands of people that rely on the home building industry for their livelihood, not to mention all of the home owners in this state."

"The Coalition has proposed an inquiry into the home building industry which is still reeling from the effects of the collapse of HIH. With only two insurers offering insurance policies to commercial home builders under this government's compulsory insurance scheme, builders are being squeezed out of the industry and home owners are suffering," Mr George said

"This compulsory insurance scheme is unsustainable in its current form which is why it is important that the Parliament consider the options available to reform the system to make it work."

"For the sake of the building industry and all current and potential home owners, it was vitally important that the Parliament debated this issue. It is extremely disappointing that the Carr Labor Government did not agree," Mr George concluded.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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Telephone: 02 6672 7577