A resident of one of Sydney's several evacuated apartment buildings has broken down in tears before a parliamentary inquiry when describing the uncertainty he and his young family are now facing.
Vijay Vital, who was evacuated from Sydney's Mascot Towers on June 14, was overcome with emotion when he addressed the NSW Legislative Council inquiry into the state's building standards on Monday.
The upper house committee heard from several residents affected by mass evacuations in recent months as well as bureaucrats still working to implement laws passed by the government last year.
Another Mascot Towers resident, Alton Chen, told the inquiry he may have been better off investing in a caravan. "Perhaps what I should have done is invest in a caravan because at least, if it was burnt down, at least I'd be covered by the insurance," he said.