Australian Senate provides update on aluminium composite cladding use

Following concerns with the use of aluminium composite cladding in Australia, on 5 September the Senate Economics References Committee released its interim report on aluminium composite cladding as part of the broader non-conforming building product inquiry. The report is substantive (100 pages) and the recommendations made are summarized as follows: The Commonwealth Government urgently implement a…

Not so good news from across the Tasman

In July last year, we blogged about some areas of the Australian construction sector that were picking up. Eight months on, how is the Australian sector looking? As the New Zealand construction sector continues its post-GFC surge, our neighbours across the ditch are having quite a different experience. Overall, Australia’s building sector has shrunk over the…

Brookfield Multiplex – High Court of Australia on builder’s duty of care

Recently the extent of a builder’s liability in tort has been the subject of a number of judicial decisions in New Zealand. Across the Tasman Australia have been grappling with similar considerations. The High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) has recently released a decision concerning builder’s liability for pure economic loss; Brookfield Multiplex Ltd…