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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni
    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Construction crime investigators call for submissions

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Construction crime investigators call for submissions

    A crack team of special investigators today starts work on exposing building industry rip-offs that have left thousands of Queensland sub-contractors out of pocket.

     

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk established the Special Joint Taskforce to conduct a forensic examination of the circumstances surrounding the failure of a number of major construction companies.

     

    “Any individual who has engaged in illegal, fraudulent activity so they can rob subbies of their hard-earned money should be very worried right now,” the Premier said.

     

    “Every tradie deserves confidence they will be paid in full, on time, every time for the work they perform.

     

    “As soon as the taskforce team collects enough evidence to support criminal charges, they will immediately refer the matter to the relevant prosecuting authorities.

     

    “And any tradie who has been ripped off, those who have seen their businesses and families suffer from illegal and downright immoral conduct … well, they deserve justice.”

     

    The independent Taskforce – headed by former Supreme Court Justice John Byrne – today begins accepting submissions from the public.

     

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said information guidelines have been created to assist people with the process.

     

    “The Taskforce is accepting submissions through a secure online portal, via email, post and at face-to face interviews,” said Mr de Brenni.

     

    “Investigators will travel to Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba, and also meet with people in Brisbane, so as many people as possible will have an opportunity to engage with the Taskforce in person,” he said.

     

    “In the meantime, we will continue to roll out our landmark building industry fairness reforms that are protecting and supporting tradies across the State.

     

    “These include new mandatory financial reporting requirements that give the industry regulator a direct line of sight to companies that may be in trouble.

     

    “Importantly, if a company tries to mislead the regulator, they will face significant penalties which include licence suspensions, fines and even jail.”

     

    Submissions will be accepted up until 5pm Friday 17 May 2019, with a final report and recommendations due to State Government by 30 June 2019.

     

    Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Taskforce will also consider if any legislative changes are required to strengthen the laws protecting people against illegal conduct.

     

    “Only Labor is taking action to ensure dodgy company directors feel the full force of the law,” he said.

     

    “We want to ensure the powers at the disposal of police and the industry regulator are as tough as they can be.

     

    “And if we need to change the rules to hold these people to account, that’s what we will do.”

     

    For more information or instructions on making a submission to the Taskforce, please visit www.qld.gov.au/specialjointtaskforce.

     

    If you are currently experiencing non-payment for work completed, please contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission via www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or phone 139 333.

     

    Media Contact: Shane Watson 0400 859 356