Quigley floats new laws to force cladding safety on private owners

«If the councils are slack and don’t respond, then I will go to the local government minister and seek his help in getting a response.»

In 2017, fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower apartment block in London, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries.

While authorities are still investigating the tragedy it appears the fire, which started in the building, spread so far and so fast because of an external wall cladding.

Soon afterwards, Australian states and territories took steps to prevent a similar tragedy in Australia and the WA Building Commission decided to broaden the scope of an initial inquiry into aluminium composite panels, to include all buildings of three storeys or more with cladding attached.

It was revealed in December four private buildings and 16 public buildings, including at Curtin University, the University of WA, Murdoch University, the Department of Health, VenuesWest, the Department of Communities and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, posed a «risk that cannot be ignored».

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Mr Peterson revelaed this week the WA audit added eight more private buildings to the list, bringing the running total to 12.

The Building Commission and the state government would not identify those buildings because of privacy obligations.

Mr Peterson also reported there was no formal reporting requirement for when a building had had remedial works completed, because responsibility got handed to the local government to inspect and ensure compliance.

Mr Quigley said he would not support the publication of which buildings were affected.

«We’ve got madmen out there,’ he said.

«When the bush is dry, we know we get arsonists out there that keep setting fire to the bush.

«These people are psycho.

«If I say this building has got flammable cladding and if ignited the whole building will go up, I’d feel responsible if some arsonists went around there and torched it.»

Источник: Theage.com.au

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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