CATLEY SLAMS BEREJIKLIAN HOSPITAL CLADDING COVER UP

The NSW Labor Opposition has slammed the Berejiklian Government for keeping secret the extent of the state’s flammable cladding crisis.

This follows media revelations today that staff at Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga were only informed on September 23 of flammable cladding risks known for at least 18 months.
 
Gladys Berejiklian and hapless Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson have been completely missing in action.
 
This compares with Premier Daniel Andrews in Victoria who has announced a comprehensive $600 million scheme to rectify dangerous cladding in apartments and public and commercial buildings around the state.
 
“The Berejiklian Government identified flammable cladding at this hospital back in February last year,” Ms Catley said.
 
“It has sat on that information for 18 months without informing hospital staff and patients of the risks.”
 
“That is completely inexcusable.”
 
“We have people going to bed at night not knowing if they are inhabiting an apartment with flammable cladding. Not knowing could be the difference between life and death."
 
“There is flammable cladding at hospitals and at least two education sites including Ultimo TAFE."
 
“The Premier stands condemned for her weak leadership, her failure to manage her Minister and her failure to fix the problem.”
 
NSW currently has
* 154 high-risk high-rise residential buildings with flammable cladding with no timelines for their rectification
* 14 unidentified public buildings with flammable cladding
* No plan to ensure renters in high-risk buildings know the dangers
 
At Parliamentary hearings last month, Mr Anderson revealed that he and his $380,000-a-year Building Commissioner were yet to attend a single meeting of the government’s own Cladding Taskforce.
 
Flammable cladding was responsible for the tragic Grenfell fire in London, and the risks are mounting as NSW enters a hot summer and bushfire season

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