Fighting for Subbies Rights
A STARTLING survey of disgruntled new home buyers claims Queensland Building and Construction Commission officers deliberately misled them or fobbed them off after builders left them in the lurch, leading many of them to suffer six-figure losses and “major mental health problems”.
The scale of the problem has forced a group of victims to band together with the express purpose of taking legal and other action against the regulator.
Dave Adams, whose experience with failed Gold Coast builder Queensland One Homes left him $100,000 out of pocket, said lawyers, accountants, doctors and other professionals stung by building collapses had joined the Victims of Construction Action Lobby Group (VOCAL).
Mr Adams said the group was keen to work with subcontractor support groups Subbies United and Subcontractors Alliance to reform the sector through a class action and by pushing for a formal inquiry into the state’s building watchdog.
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The Queensland building industry is heading for a train wreck if the Government doesn't take action to address our concerns.
SubbiesUnited and Subcontractors Alliance would welcome all the support we can get to change an industry that needs a Royal Commission into the construction sector, not just here, but Australia wide so to that end, we thank News Limited Queensland for their exposure of the fraudulent activities of some bad builders.
It also needs a well funded Police Task Force to investigate building industry fraud.
Its not only subbies and suppliers who are getting ripped off.
The ATO is not a secure creditor in these liquidations and is almost always a target for preferential payment clawbacks so if rogue builders are ripping off the ATO, they are ripping off every tax payer in Australia.