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Scrap private certification of new buildings
The cracking of the Opal apartment tower at Sydney Olympic Park shows that the system of private certification of new buildings in NSW is broken. This system introduced in 1998 is a conflict of interest. We now know that 85 per cent of apartments built since 2000 have major defects, resulting in huge rectification costs. Buying a home is the single biggest purchase most people ever make in their lives and we should be able to trust the system, a system now in crisis because government has shirked its responsibilities. Buildings should be certified by a public authority with the necessary skill and independence to ensure safe and high quality construction. We call on the Premier and all our politicians to fix this problem immediately.
Nick Greiner must front the WestConnex Inquiry
In 2011, Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell appointed another former Liberal Premier, Nick Greiner as the head of Infrastructure NSW, tasked with prioritising major projects. Soon after, Greiner announced the WestConnex toll road as the state's top priority transport project. Normally, planning for Sydney's transport needs is done by Transport for NSW. But Greiner pushed aside the transport experts who recommended rail, not toll roads. To this date, not a single independent transport expert has supported WestConnex and its cost has blown out from $10B to $17B. It appears that Greiner subverted the process to benefit toll road operator Transurban, where he is an advisor. Nick Greiner must be called before the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into WestConnex to answer questions about his involvement in pushing this massive corporate scam on the people of NSW.