Barangaroo: O'Farrell orders report
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has ordered a "full report" into the allegations of corruption at the Barangaroo development site.PT1M33S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31kfb 620 349 January 28, 2014
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has ordered a "full report" from the state government's Barangaroo Delivery Authority into allegations of corruption at the multibillion-dollar harbourside development site.
Mr O'Farrell described reports by Fairfax Media on Tuesday that a company controlled by crime figure George Alex has been supplying contract labour to the building site at Barangaroo with the knowledge and support of senior figures within the NSW branch of the building workers' union as "very concerning allegations" that "need investigating".
"[I am] concerned," he said. "Concerned about the associations. Concerned about the identities that are involved. I've asked for a report on the matter."
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has been ordered to "put shape around the issue here in NSW".
But Mr O'Farrell emphasised that he believed, based on the reports, that "there is a bigger problem in Victoria" than in NSW.
"To date it involves an estimated fewer than 50 employees on a construction site of more than 600," he said.
"And I for that reason don't believe that at this stage, on the information known, it poses a risk to the project."
However he expected a review of all subcontracting arrangements at Barangaroo would form part of the authority's report.
The Premier also said the issue highlighted the need for the controversial Australian Building and Construction Commission to be re-established, echoing a call by employment minister Eric Abetz.
"If ever there was a reason for the Greens and the Labor party to get out of the way of legislation to reestablish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, this is it," Mr O'Farrell said.