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Australian Governments Continue to Cover Up Unsafe Buildings


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Sheryl
- 670 days ago - wsws.org
During at least the past four years, firefighters, building engineers, strata management bodies and others have issued reports warning that flammable cladding and other unsafe building practices are rife and a major disaster is inevitable.



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:48 pm
Despite the years of warnings and previous fires, however, the unions have taken no action to prevent the use of flammable cladding. One significant factor is that the unions have lucrative interests in the building and property market, including through investments from the $16 billion CBUS superannuation scheme.

Federal and state governments continue to insist they will act on Senate hearing recommendations. The three-year inquiry, however, has yet to issue a single finding and its deadline has been extended six times in the past two years. There is still no clear end-date.

Irrespective of the evidence presented to the Senate hearings, the governments will do everything possible to block the necessary steps being taken to make buildings safe. The primary concern of the political establishment is protecting the profits of the banks and corporations, and preventing any collapse of Australia’s speculative real estate market.

The Grenfell Towers disaster and last week’s deaths of three people in a Honolulu apartment block are not accidents, but crimes for which capitalism is responsible. They further reveal the utter incapacity of the profit system to provide one of the most essential social rights—safe and affordable housing—to millions of working people.

 

Kathleen M (208)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 2:55 pm
Grimly S&N. Thx for sharing Dandelion.
 

JL A (281)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 3:20 pm
Thanks Dandelion--greed does hurt people in so many countries.
 

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:03 pm
Wonder why they're not moving forward with replacement??
"Replacing cladding on thousands of buildings in Australia would potentially cost billions of dollars."

Here's more;
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/16/london-fire-flammable-cladding-on-australian-buildings-is-like-the-asbestos-problem
 

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:03 pm
Flammable cladding found on 50 per cent of new Melbourne high-rises

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/flammable-cladding-found-on-50-per-cent-of-new-melbourne-highrises-20160216-gmvrmo.html
 

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:06 pm
Safety concerns resurface after high-rise building fires in United Arab Emirates!
"..... cladding systems have contributed to comparable incidents in other countries such as Australia, France, Turkey and China."

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=01023447-2e86-42ab-9990-1be466eed307

It's a global horror story created by GREED!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:07 pm
Terrible, it never should have gone on to begin with. Just an accident waiting to happen. Even with the young bodies people can't get out, the article said it's on hospitals and homes for the aged. They'd have no chance.
 

Animae C (508)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 5:17 pm
Building standards in Australia were DEREGULATED 20 years ago which allowed this cheap cr*p to be widely used, that would be in the years of John Howard's CONSERVATIVE government!!!!

MAKES SENSE doesn't it!!!!
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday July 20, 2017, 11:17 pm
Jeez. . . so it's not JUST Britain. . .

Shared article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Friday July 21, 2017, 1:31 am
💙💚💜Noted...A lot of these buildings were built by overseas interests and have been sold to Chinese buyers who do not live in them or rent them out. A few apartments are owned by locals according to the fire department. The cladding is not fully covering the whole building and therefore the Victorian government says it is safe. It is a cheap Chinese cladding which is used to save a few dollars. but what about lives they are worth more than a few miserable dollars.

💚💙💜Thank you...Dandenong.💙💜💚

💚😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ💙😉💚
 

Arild Warud (174)
Friday July 21, 2017, 3:14 am
Unbelievable,more suffering on it's way.
 

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday July 21, 2017, 7:12 am
Noted, Thanks
 

Winn A (179)
Friday July 21, 2017, 10:11 am
:-( Noted
 

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday July 21, 2017, 10:16 am
Noted, Thank you
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 21, 2017, 11:03 am
No, not just the UK Darren. The article mentions also France and the USA, in fact the photo I used is the apt. fire in Honolulu, Hawaii. So I suspect there is a lot of this covering all over the world. Yes, Arild ore suffering on it's way, that could be prevented.
 

Peggy B (43)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 5:45 am
If the people who loosen the regulations could be held personally accountable for the consequences of their decisions, these shortcuts wouldn't be happening.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 9:21 am
thank you Dandelion for this interesting article
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 7:55 pm
Thanks
 

Julie W (33)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 8:15 pm
Sad and angry at the way governments will save money at the expense of people's lives.
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday July 22, 2017, 9:59 pm
Agree that they are disgusting with the way they care about human lives. They should be fined for not having their places up to proper safety codes. How these idiots can live with themselves I'll never understand. Thanks Dandelion
 

SylvieBusy A (190)
Sunday July 23, 2017, 3:42 am
It's unbelievable ! Thank you for sharing.
 

TOM TREE (247)
Sunday July 23, 2017, 1:38 pm
TRULY SCARY STUFF !
Truly UNBELIEVABLE !!
 

S J (124)
Monday July 24, 2017, 1:50 am
Earth quake may do the job. Meows
 

Ian Crory (31)
Monday July 24, 2017, 12:25 pm
Signed :)
 

Ian Crory (31)
Tuesday July 25, 2017, 12:36 pm
Thank you :)
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday July 25, 2017, 7:38 pm
Thanks
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday July 26, 2017, 7:41 pm
Thanks
 

Doris F (18)
Friday July 28, 2017, 9:22 am
scary, thank you for sharing Dandelion
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 11:35 pm
Thank you
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday August 7, 2017, 12:27 am
Thanks again
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 12:08 am
Thanks again
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 1:05 am
Thanks again
 
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