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Big business conspires against lower construction costs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In extraordinary media reports yesterday, it appears that major construction firms have decided to keep construction costs as high as possible. If true, they are in the ‘business’ of conspiring against the people of Australia in defiance of the combined commercial weight of Coalition governments across Australia. More...

Construction sector: FWBC's enforcement regime paying dividends

Sunday, March 23, 2014

We’ve long campaigned against the oppression experienced by independent contractor subbies at the hands of union officials in the Australian construction sector. More recently, we've submitted our concerns about the collusion in the sector between unions and some large, dominant firms which limits competition.  More...

Helping self-employed subbies in construction

Saturday, December 21, 2013

If you’re in the Australian construction industry as a self-employed person, there’s good news! If you remember, the Victorian government has attempted a new code of conduct for tenderers that would protect independent contractors. But the construction unions won a case in the Federal Court that seemed to block the code. On Thursday, the Full Bench of the Federal Court knocked off the single judge’s decision saying, in part, that “…conclusions of this kind appear to … reflect value judgments rather than legal conclusions.” Ouch! Here’s the judgment and an excellent summary of the implications by Robert Gottliebsen. Good on the Victorian government for sticking to its guns to protect subbies in construction! The protective codes are now going national. More...

NSW construction code starts up

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Webinars for information 30 July, 1 August 2013

On Monday 1 July 2013 new building and construction procurement guidelines came into force to ensure value for money on NSW infrastructure projects. More...

Victorian Construction Code. Dead or Alive?

Monday, June 24, 2013

We’re strong supporters of the Victorian Construction Code. Here’s what we’ve said in the past. In our view the code is a critically important process for reform in the construction sector that holds the prospect of breaking the duopoly in construction. This is important to enabling sub-contractors and independent contractors to compete and have a fair go in construction.  Continues here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...

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