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Industry fury as NSW government waters down building products legislation

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UPDATED: 9am Thursday – the Bill passed both houses

Building industry stakeholders are outraged that the NSW government has covertly and substantially watered down legislation to reduce non-compliant and non-conforming building product use. And the fear is that this will be replicated around the nation.

Somehow, someone had the influence to get the government to de-claw the proposed bill and leave a hollow substitute. But who?

Greens’ David Shoebridge said “half the development industry” had called the Greens asking requesting action to fix the massive shortfall in provisions. A draft of the Building Products (Safety) Bill 2017 was presented to industry stakeholders at a meeting on 6 October.

Those attending included the Housing Industry Association, Australian Industry Group, Engineers Australia, Fire Protection Association of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Master Builders Association NSW, Owners Corporation Network, Australian Industry Group, Strata Choice, Strata Communities Australia NSW, Australian Institute of Architects and the Building Products Innovation Council.

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