Home Warranty Insurance
Better Business Dec 04 - Jan 05
During this session of Parliament I supported builders in the
Lismore electorate who were represented at a rally regarding the Home Warranty
Insurance mess following the demise of the Building Services Corporation (BSC).
As small business operators, builders are vital to the economic soundness of
this State's economy. Most of the 40,000 odd building licences held in NSW are
held by small business builders and provide work for about 110,000 registered
tradesmen and women in NSW, as well as providing employment for almost 3,000
apprentices across the state. Most of these are young kids - straight out of
school and needing a start in life.
Currently as many as 60% of builders can't obtain Home Warranty Insurance in
The experience in NSW and the current experience in Queensland is that an
industry-funded, Government-run scheme is the best option for providing
effective insurance cover for builders and consumers. John Brogden has declared
that a NSW Coalition Government would relieve the strain on builders, by
re-instating the Building Services Corporation.
I also raised the issue in Parliament concerning the proposed decision by the
NSW Government to cut jobs from Lismore and transfer Businesslink positions to
Labor's centralisation of jobs will come at a huge cost to the local community.
Lismore will suffer from a loss of wages, while taxpayers across the State will
foot the bill for big increases in Businesslink's Sydney rent.
The Lismore Payroll Service Centre employed 19 people and managed the payroll
for the Disabilities section of the Department of Ageing, Disabilities and Home
Care for the whole of regional NSW.
I have challenged the Premier to reverse the Government's decision to close the
Lismore payroll office.
As 2004 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a
safe, happy and holy Christmas. I trust that 2005 will bring happiness and good
Thomas George, Karen, Bronwyn, Julie & Christine