WHAT DOES THE BUILDING COMMISSIONER ACTUALLY DO?
Despite paying the Building Commissioner a bigger salary than the Premier of NSW, the Liberals have failed to explain what the Commissioner will actually do.
Asked three times, the L plate Minister responsible for regulation of the building industry, Kevin Anderson couldn’t explain a single function that his Building Commissioner will actually perform.
He couldn’t even explain if the Building Commissioner will have the power to issues fines or put boots on the ground and deploy inspectors.
Yesterday, the same Minister was forced to admit that ten months after having passed laws to clean up the building industry he had yet to proclaim the bill – which means it has yet to come into effect.
To make matters worse for him, the Building Commissioner’s job description makes it clear that he has no teeth.
“Applying effective influencing skills to achieve outcomes in an environment where implementation is reliant of other agencies but there is no line authority over these other agencies,” reads the job ad.
The only pitiful explanation that the Minister could offer is that the Building Commissioner will be responsible for implementing legislation that still hasn’t been written or introduced to the Parliament.
NSW Labor Deputy Leader, Yasmin Catley said the Building Commissioner is getting paid almost half a million dollars a year, with no responsibility.
“What does the Building Commissioner actually do? Even the Minister responsible for it doesn't know. He’s getting paid more than the Premier but has less responsibility. How does that make sense?”
“Right thoughout this entire building industry crisis – Opal, Mascot, Zetland, and Erskineville – the Liberals have said they were being tough on shonks, but that is a lie. They’ve done nothing but issue press releases.”
“It’s clear that there is no one in this Liberal Government protecting consumers.”