Andrew Barr has put out a statement on why Labor killed off Liberal efforts to start up an inquiry into poor building practices in the ACT.
(Interesting that the voice of the property council that is the modern Liberals went for this, they must think it’s the pro-Labor developers and the CFMEU that will cop it the worst.)
Apparently investigating and assessing behind closed doors will deliver better results than a public inquiry if Mr Barr is to be believed:
“Today the ACT Legislative Assembly voted down a Canberra Liberal Party motion that would have put politics into planning under the guise of trying to reduce shoddy building,” Mr Barr said. “The Liberals’ proposed inquiry was all about politics, not about protecting ACT home owners.
“In contrast the ACT Labor Government is working with stakeholders on the problem and will continue to do so. This is a complex area of law for which there is no quick fix.”
Mr Barr said the Government is addressing the problem now and working with industry to develop longer term strategies.
We can only hope he’s right.