Updated at 4.10pm 28.02.19
The Queensland Government has announced the makeup of the investigative task force which includes a retired Judge Justice John Byrne, Queensland Police Service detectives and wait for it, the QBCC Investigators. That would be the same organisation that had a hand in accepting a deed of covenant (DoC) from CRCG Rimfire for a billion dollars in support of an 18.2 billion dollar licence.
Unfortunately for all the burnt creditors of this liquidated Chinese Government, Communist owned company, there was no money in Australia to support the worthless DoC they signed off on but no one bothered to check that.
There are so many reasons why the QBCC should not be a part of the investigating team and why they should be investigated themselves. CRCG Rimfire is just one of them.
News Limited Journalist Bill Hoffman from the Sunshine Coast Daily and our mate Les Williams from Subcontractors Alliance both deserve the highest award possible for the unrelenting work they have done on behalf of Subcontractors.
After sustained pressure from a handful of people in the industry led by Les and Bill, the Qld State Government will appoint a special investigator to head a Joint Taskforce probing allegations of subbie rip-offs in the building industry.
This would never have happened without their dogged determination in the pursuit of justice for Subcontractors.
While its a terrible thing to say, we can thank one of the biggest liquidations in Walton Constructions for unleashing the beast that is ex front row forward Les Williams and ex hooker Bill Hoffman. Les lost a very large sum of money in that liquidation. He knew it was unjust so he set out on the path of finding the answers as to why this was allowed to happen.
Let me tell you, I would have hated to face these guys in a scrum, you would have come out the other end with bark off you everywhere.
It has been an incredibly sustained effort that has taken 6 long years. Hats off to both of you.
We know who they are, we know where they are and we know what they have done.
Its amazing what a small group of steadfast people can achieve but this is not the end of a long reign of subcontractor rip offs. It's just beginning of an investigation and victims will have to play their part by providing evidence.
All the Liquidators who haven't bothered to investigate potential criminal behaviour will have to start investigating these crimes or face scrutiny themselves.
To all the decent builders out there and there are many of you, thank you for doing the right thing by your subcontractors and suppliers.
Pre Insolvency Advisors
To all the crooks who have taken pre insolvency advice from the architects of the age old phoenix blueprint, liquidated then phoenxied, prepare yourselves for a shit show of mammoth proportions. The hope is that jail time awaits you for destroying the lives of thousands of hard working subcontractors, their families and staff.
Terms of Reference and the Appointee
We will now wait to see who will be appointed and what the terms of reference are.
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