Sub­bies to get their fair share

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MEM­BER for Burnett Stephen Ben­nett says he’s mak­ing it his mis­sion to en­sure lo­cal sub­bies get paid what they are en­ti­tled to, with­out in­creas­ing construction costs.

Mr Ben­nett, who is the Shadow Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Pub­lic Works, said he was work­ing with key stake­hold­ers to ad­dress on­go­ing pay­ment is­sues and en­sure leg­is­la­tion was fair for all in the construction in­dus­try.

“As a for­mer builder with al­most 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der my belt, I un­der­stand the frus­tra­tions within the construction in­dus­try and have seen first-hand the dev­as­ta­tion when sub­bies are not paid what they’re owed,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It’s clear that real re­forms need to be im­ple­mented to bet­ter en­sure sub-con­trac­tors are be­ing paid for the work they do and the ma­te­ri­als they sup­ply on time.

“Ev­ery­one de­serves to be paid on time.

“I’m com­mit­ted to get­ting the bal­ance right to en­sure sub­bies get paid what they are owed with­out in­creas­ing construction costs.”

Mr Ben­nett said there was a lot of work to be done on the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion to get the bal­ance right.

“If we don’t get it right not only will sub­bies not be paid, but build­ing costs will in­crease, mean­ing less jobs and less op­por­tu­ni­ties across the re­gion and through­out the state,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett said the LNP would es­tab­lish an im­ple­men­ta­tion panel for sub-con­trac­tor pay­ments safety net.

“The im­ple­men­ta­tion panel is some­thing the construction in­dus­try has been call­ing for and we will make sure the panel con­sists of stake­hold­ers such as Master Builders, the Queens­land Law So­ci­ety, sub-con­trac­tors, builders and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to iden­tify and re­solve is­sues with the Project Bank Ac­counts prior to the ap­pli­ca­tion to pri­vate sec­tor projects,” he said.

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