by BILL HOFFMAN 14th Mar 2019 5:00 AM
SUBCONTRACTORS will be lining up to give evidence to the Palaszczuk Government-appointed Special Joint Taskforce into construction sector fraud, with confidence high among sector representatives that their complaints will now be fully examined.
Lenny Willis, of the Subcontractors Alliance, was one of a group of industry representatives who met with Housing Minister Mick de Brenni and head investigator, former Justice John Byrne.
He said the Minister had said the word 'collapse' was not the way to describe some insolvencies which appeared to have been planned and could only really be called 'criminal'.
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Mr Willis, a property developer, said he had been encouraged that subbies would not be expected to be lawyers and that templates were being prepared to assist them in filing complaints.
That was already a significant change to previous arrangements which had seen complainants file issues with police only to hear nothing except that the matters had been referred onto ASIC without even an interview and no feedback.
"It's not been a helpful process for victims," he said.
"Part of the damage that's been done is a feeling of dismissal and somehow that your accusations have been wrong when you know in your heart otherwise. There's been no explanation and then you have been ignored."