Fighting for Subbies Rights
THE Premier, Cabinet Ministers, police and the Crime and Corruption Commission all received advanced warning of the conduct of a central Queensland building group that has left a debt trail of more than $50m before heading into liquidation.
Despite the $31 million implosion of J.M. Kelly Project Builders in 2016, the Government continued to deal with the J.M. Kelly Group through another of its companies, J.M. Kelly Builders.
Government departments simply transferred 21 contracts from one entity to another, both of which had the same Rockhampton address.
J.M. Kelly Builders in turn went into administration in October last year and finally liquidation in November with debts of more than $20m.
Its general manager, John Murphy, had also been general manager of Project Builders and had been the subject of numerous complaints he had signed false statutory declarations that subcontractors and suppliers had been paid.
No charges have been laid over the collapse.
Now the Queensland Premier needs to fix her Governments betrayal of subcontractors, many of whom voted for her by paying those creditors who lost millions at the Governments stroke of a pen!
Subbies expect that on all projects but particularly Government jobs, that they will be paid in full for their quality work.
If the Government had done their due diligence to stamp them as an authorised, prequalified contractor, they should have known the company was insolvent and had been for at least 2 years before.
This company has liquidated not once, but twice in just over 2 years and has ripped close to 50 million out of trusting creditors.
Premier you failed to protect the income of hundreds of Queensland subcontractors and suppliers, now fix it please.