Construction failures show need for model behaviour

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:26pm, first published May 9 2014 - 10:56pm

For the 200 or so full-time staff of Hewatt Pty Ltd, the Canberra civil and engineering contractors placed in voluntary administration on Thursday, the next few weeks look like being a difficult time. Workers and managers will know that voluntary administration can morph into liquidation very rapidly, and that if this occurs their jobs (and potentially their leave, superannuation and other entitlements) will be lost. They are unlikely to be impressed, either, at the ACT government's reaction to the threat of major job losses and the closure of a long-established Canberra firm. So far at least, the Gallagher government has done little more than issue assurances that the Majura Parkway project (on which Hewatt has been a major contactor) will be finished on time and to budget.

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