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Government vows crackdown on dodgy practices in construction sector

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean MP

An immediate audit of private building certifiers will be launched by the state government to ­ensure the safety of high-rise living.

The safety blitz will take place in the wake of the Opal Tower emergency and is designed to restore confidence in the increasing number of high-rise residential buildings appearing on ­the state’s skyline.

The failure of a prefabricated concrete panel in the Opal Tower at Homebush has focused attention on the role of private certifiers, who are responsible for ensuring the work of developers meets legal requirements.

Fair Trading Minister Matt Kean will launch a four-point industry ­action plan today.

The full article by Linda Silmalis and Ben Pike can be read on The Daily Telegraph online.