Probe into hos­pi­tal work con­tin­ues

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - EMILY BAKER

THE fed­eral build­ing and con­struc­tion watch­dog is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment work­site al­most two months af­ter it was re­vealed some work­ers had gone weeks with­out be­ing paid.

An Aus­tralian Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion spokesman said the body was con­duct­ing a “thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion” re­lat­ing to work­ers’ en­ti­tle­ments, al­le­ga­tions of sham con­tract­ing and how peo­ple were in­ducted to work on the $689 mil­lion RHH re­de­vel­op­ment.

It was re­vealed in Septem­ber about 130 peo­ple — mostly for­eign na­tion­als — were al­legedly not paid by sub­con- trac­tor Ac­cu­racy Interiors for up to two months.

Project man­ag­ing con­trac­tor John Hol­land-Fair­brother ter­mi­nated its con­tract with the com­pany and even­tu­ally paid the plas­ter­ers about $1.5 mil­lion in wages and en­ti­tle­ments.

Mas­ter Builders Tas­ma­nia, which in­ducted the work­ers on to the site, con­firmed it was in- volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Matthew Pol­lock said: “Mas­ter Builders Tas­ma­nia is ac­tively co-oper­at­ing with the ABCC and has com­plied with all the com­mis­sion’s re­quests.’’

A com­pany called Ac­cu­racy Interiors went into liq­ui­da­tion early Oc­to­ber and the Vic­to­rian busi­ness’s phone has been dis­con­nected.

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