Cladding and cracking towers prompt call for royal commission | Owners Corporation Network

Cladding and cracking towers prompt call for royal commission

The Builders Collective of Australia, has called for a royal commission into the national industry in the wake of combustible cladding on residential towers and cracked concrete in Sydney's newly completed Opal Tower, citing failures within Australia’s residential construction sector.” Stephen Goddard, solicitor and spokesperson for owner advocacy group Owners Corporation Network of Australia, said he backed a royal commission but acknowledged new home buyers had been the “victim" of multiple inquiries and "we still don’t have any consumer protections.” Mr Goddard said deregulation and a lack of accountability from designers, engineers, architects and builders had resulted in a "loss of public confidence" in strata living and purchasing new apartments off the plan.  “If you know you have an 85% chance of buying into a defective building, why would buy off the plan especially if neither the builder nor developer owes you duty of care?," he said.
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