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Property Industry Welcomes Royal Commission

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the federal government’s announcement last week of a Royal Commission into registered organisations in the building and construction industry.

Property Council CEO, Peter Verwer, said “Recent revelations of corruption by registered organisations in the building and construction industry highlight the need for a Royal Commission to shine the light on illegal practices on construction sites.”

The Property Council has long supported action to ensure the rules of civil society apply on construction sites, especially a strong cop on the beat” Verwer said.

“But clearly there are structural problems that allow criminal behaviour in the first place.

“A Royal Commission will delve into the public policy settings and industry cultures that foster behaviours which fall short of community expectations.”

“Together with the proposed ABCC, the commission is an opportunity to tackle disruptive criminal activity on construction sites, boost productivity and improve safety.

“As with the Cole Royal Commission, the Property Council will work with the Government to ensure we get the right structures and measures to restore confidence in the industry.

“However, restoring the ABCC remains the immediate priority and we encourage all parties to support the legislation before the Parliament” Verwer concluded.


by: Property Week

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