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Smoke alarm order with no sign of fix to Melbourne's cladding crisis

Smoke alarm order with no sign of fix to Melbourne's cladding crisis

Owners of buildings covered in highly flammable materials are being ordered to move smoke alarms closer to danger zones as a stop-gap measure to prevent deadly fires breaking out.

  • by Clay Lucas and Cameron Houston

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Worker allegedly threatened with sack after asking to attend funeral
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Worker allegedly threatened with sack after asking to attend funeral

A worker was allegedly threatened with the sack after asking for compassionate leave to attend his father-in-law's funeral.

  • by Anna Patty
'Understaffed' ACT govt can't police building quality: housing group
Canberra

'Understaffed' ACT govt can't police building quality: housing group

The Housing Industry Association has called for a "serious investment" in the government's building regulatory branch.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
City of Perth, building commissioner silent on potentially dangerous CBD buildings
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City of Perth, building commissioner silent on potentially dangerous CBD buildings

The City of Perth and WA building commissioner have refused to comment on three CBD buildings identified in the state-wide cladding audit.

  • by Hamish Hastie
Concrete panel that crushed Braddon toilet block slated for removal
Canberra

Concrete panel that crushed Braddon toilet block slated for removal

If asbestos removal goes to plan, the concrete panel that fell on to Braddon Smash Repair's yard will be removed on Friday.

  • by Jasper Lindell
CFMEU urges sweeping changes for better taxpayer value on WA projects
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CFMEU urges sweeping changes for better taxpayer value on WA projects

WA's peak construction union wants the public sector to take on more responsibility for the delivery of construction projects.

  • by Hamish Hastie
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Federal Court rejects Elara apartment owners' $10 million compo claim
Canberra

Federal Court rejects Elara apartment owners' $10 million compo claim

The owners' lawyer has flagged an intention to appeal Wednesday's decision.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
Geocon's expansion plan for $400m WOVA development knocked back
Canberra

Geocon's expansion plan for $400m WOVA development knocked back

The ACT Planning and Land Authority said there were "no grounds" to allow the proposed 16-storey tower.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
ACT govt admits building rules failed to prevent 'non-compliance'
Canberra

ACT govt admits building rules failed to prevent 'non-compliance'

The government is yet to implement reforms designed to improve oversight of the construction process, two years after they were promised

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy
Are complaints against architects falling on deaf ears?
Construction

Are complaints against architects falling on deaf ears?

Victoria's regulator has averaged two investigations a year in the past decade.

  • by Clay Lucas
'Uninhabitable': Geocon settles lawsuit over alleged defective home
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'Uninhabitable': Geocon settles lawsuit over alleged defective home

The lawsuit claimed the unit had been "defective and leaking" from the moment the owner first moved in.

  • by Elliot Williams