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Committee: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013

Estimates & Committees
Lee Rhiannon 30 Nov 2016

Tuesday, 29 November

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:23): Just back to the amendment that Senator Carr has moved. The Greens are clearly on the record that we oppose a building code. If there is going to be a building code, then bringing in the issue of the local procurement of steel is certainly necessary. It is something that should be coming forward at this time of the amendments. However, the amendment that Senator Carr has put forward is clearly limited. The Greens have a more comprehensive position which we will still move. The reason it is limited is that it is based on standards. The whole issue with standards is that they are not enforced. So often it just does not happen. That is why you need steel procurement. We have examples of how this can be done properly, and I look forward to going into more detail when we come to the Greens amendment on it. We will support the amendment as it has been moved.

The TEMPORARY CHAIR ( Senator Ketter ): The question is that the amendments on sheet 8024 be agreed to.

Question negatived.

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