Building and Construction
Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield laments a lack of options as the Northern Territory again goes against a royal commission recommendation in naming the Don Dale replacement site.
Infrastructure Australia says services are coming under "unprecedented" pressure and the current boom in construction projects needs to become the "new normal" to keep pace with population growth and changing consumer demands.
A multi-million-dollar class action by owners of units in the notorious Opal Towers against the NSW Government faces a month-long delay due to a historical practice note a Supreme Court judge says "doesn't make sense".
Lawyers say Darwin residents who purchased units in nine buildings found to be in breach of the National Construction Code will face an uphill battle for compensation.
An NT Government department concluded that nine buildings, all designed and certified by one engineer, did not meet the National Construction Code. But it took another 15 months to notify owners and buyers, who may now have to fork out $1.5 million to rectify the problems.
The lawyer for a man awarded a landmark $3 million payout from asbestos maker James Hardie has warned that the rise in popularity of home renovation TV shows could be putting more lives at risk.
It is not that the construction industry has hit the brakes, it has been in reverse for almost a year and it appears to be getting even worse.