Election 2020 scorecard

We’ve had a lot of questions about who to vote for and while we wouldn’t ever tell you who to vote for, we want everyone to ensure their chosen party and local candidate is willing to put the building and construction industry first in their policies.

We’ve developed an election scorecard to help you do this and ensure construction is at the top of the agenda. In our view, neither the Queensland Labor Party or the LNP have really listened or taken our calls for reform seriously.

After the dust settles from the Queensland Election, whatever the result, it can’t just be about stimulus. We need a genuine commitment from the winning party to address the red tape and impractical processes that are impacting our ability to do business.

POLICY PRIORITIES

ALPLNP

Drive construction activity

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Launched a boosted infrastructure spend but have offered no commitment to a minimum benchmark for new public buildings. Has still not provided visibility of the program of work in a Forward Procurement Pipeline. No commitment to raising the maximum deposit for domestic building contracts.

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Committed to establishing a Queensland Infrastructure Fund to build new hospitals, schools and other public buildings. Has acknowledged the importance of a Forward Procurement Pipeline. No commitment to reach a minimum benchmark spend or raising the maximum deposit for domestic building contracts.

Shake up the QBCC

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While they have offered a commitment to introducing a mandatory CPD scheme, Labor’s track record shows they have no intention of tackling the many problems that stand in the way of the QBCC wielding their sweeping powers fairly and consistently.

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Recognised the failures of the QBCC and undertaken to conduct a review of the regulator’s performance, covering Board composition and skills, CPD requirements for the industry and the disputes and rectification processes.

Scrap impractical tender processes

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Introduced the impractical tender processes and has not heeded the many calls to address the unrealistic requirements that are only serving to add to the cost of new construction.

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Undertaken to overhaul the procurement policy, to tackle cost blowouts and project delays and to provide the industry with certainty and the taxpayers value for money.

Improve security of payment

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Introduced the unworkable system and has not heeded the many calls to address the unrealistic requirements that do nothing to improve security of payment but will add to the cost of new construction.

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Will undertake a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the issue and monitor the commencement of the current reform program.

Safeguard building quality

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While the ALP has sought to maintain a system of private certification, there is currently no plan for the funding of the rectification of buildings with combustible cladding and no position on a centralised product certification system.

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Supports a national product certification scheme and will work with industry on options for funding the rectification of buildings with combustible cladding. Recognises the importance of maintaining private certification.

Balanced approach to safety

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Skewed the balance in favour of enforcement over industry engagement, missing the opportunity to build a positive safety culture.  They have not sought to block the misuse of safety laws for industrial agendas, nor taken the opportunity to implement a single portal for incident reporting.

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Recognises that safety is best achieved by working with industry to improve standards and cracking down on those who deliberately and consistently do the wrong thing. Committed to restoring workplace entry permit changes that promote safety and not union intimidation. Open to implementing a single portal for incident reporting.

Key:

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Committed to our initiatives.

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Getting there, but there are gaps.

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Little or no support for our initiatives.

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