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'They don't care': ETU secretary critical of NSW building commissioner's 'ad hoc' approach

August 16, 2019. Electrical and Trades Union of Australia NSW Branch secretary Justin Page addresses state parliament’s inquiry into building standards, quality and disputes in Sydney about newly-appointed building commissioner David Chandler's early plans for reform. The upper house hearing was established following the Mascot and Opal Tower incidents. Mr Page tabled evidence showing 28 advertisements have been published in the last two weeks for electricians who were unlicenced or qualified overseas, or for trade assistants to do electrical work, in breach of state legislation. Mr Page says the regulator "doesn't care" and no one is "taking them to task". He also believes Mr Chandler's response to the building industry's woes don't go far enough. "It's very alarming, to be honest. There's this ad hoc approach - and he's response, I can't see any major change in that," he tells the inquiry. (AAP VIDEO/Callum Godde)
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