At the end of week 4 of the federal election campaign, we have been busy analysing a range of announcements by the major parties before the May 18 election. MBA is also continuing to advocate on a range of key issues that will affect our industry – retention the ABCC, support for small business, opposing negative gearing and CGT changes, and seeking more support for apprenticeships.
In terms of local issues, the MBA has been busy working on the following member issues:
- Land Release: The suburban land agency recently reported at an MBA member event that 410 blocks are available for sale over the counter. The MBA is working closely with the SLA on how government responds to the current slowdown in block sales, land affordability issues, and achievement of the new housing affordability requirements.
- We continue to welcome feedback from members on the operation of the Secure Local Jobs Code and WHS Amendments. We have received concerning feedback that the mandated consultation and negotiation stages of the WHS laws are being used by the Union to identify ‘union friendly’ subcontractors. This is clearly not the stated intent of these laws.
- MBA has welcomed the appointed of Adrian Piani as the new ACT Chief Engineer. Adrian will play a vital role in ACT procurement and planning for the long-term infrastructure needs of the City. We look forward to meeting Adrian once he officially commences in his new role.
- We were also disappointed to hear of the resignation of Emma Thomas as the Director General of TCCS. Emma has played a key role in the delivery of light rail stage 1 and has also engaged well with the MBA and our industry.
- The building quality hearings continued this week, with the spotlight moving to the role of Access Canberra as the building regulator. Many stories have now been presented to the Committee indicating a strong, well-resourced and independent building regulator is critical to improving building quality.