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De-regulation responsible for sectors failures

19 March 2008

National’s 1990s de-regulation responsible for building sector failures

The National Party’s 1992 de-regulation of the building industry is responsible for failures in the building sector and the leaky homes affair, Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones said today.

“National’s policies in the 90s of liberating, liberalising, and opening up the building sector led to then abject failures in the industry,” Mr Jones said.

“National is to be directly blamed for the grief they have brought to bear on leaky home owners by letting too much work go unmonitored and unchecked by unfettered cowboys.”

Mr Jones says both he and his predecessor Mr Clayton Cosgrove have had to work hard in Government to return credibility to the buildings and construction industry.

He said stringent regulations had to be introduced to ensure home owners could be given an assurance over the quality of their buildings.

“Not only did my predecessor Minister Cosgrove have to deal with National’s dismal failure and record in the building and construction sector, he introduced a set of additional reforms as well.

“Those reforms are now being embraced by a wider number of councils who realise there is room for them to improve their consenting process,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones said the Government has announced a comprehensive work programme to look at housing affordability prospects.

“This includes looking at introduce more flexibility in the building consent process and increasing productivity in the sector,” he said.

“Unlike National, we are delivering on our policies and we are constantly working to deliver a better future for our citizens.

Mr Jones says he hopes to soon reveal the work that has gone into adding flexibility and greater simplicity into the building consent process.


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