SCOTT SAWYER28th Oct 2020 5:00 AM | Updated: 5:43 AM
The Palaszczuk Government has refused to commit to a Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland building industry, with Saturday's state election looming large.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni late last week would not commit to supporting a probe with the same powers as a Royal Commission within the next term of parliament, if re-elected.
He said no government in the nation had come close to the State Government's "historical and national leading reforms to ensure that tradies get paid on time, in full, every time".
In early-2019 Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington committed to a Commission of Inquiry, should the LNP win government on October 31.
She committed to an inquiry with the same powers as a Royal Commission to compel people to give evidence, announcing in March the LNP would allocate $5 million in funding from July 1, 2021, to allow sufficient time to consult on the terms of reference.
This week LNP Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Michael Hart reaffirmed his party's commitment to a probe of the building industry.
As for De Brenni's "Subbies will be paid on time every time", when is that going to happen?