MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR URGES ADOPTION OF SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION TO BAN POLYETHYLENE CLADDING IMPORTS

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Labor welcomes today’s statement by the Property Council of Australia (PCA) in support of banning the importation of polyethylene core aluminium cladding, as recommended by the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into nonconforming building products.

 

The fire risk of polyethylene core aluminium cladding has been tragically demonstrated and anything short of a total ban on importation is putting thousands of Australians at risk of death or serious injury.

 

In a statement released today PCA chief executive Ken Morrison a said a ban on 100 per cent polyethylene cladding was a prudent move designed to further strengthen building fire safety systems.

 

We know from tragedies across the world, including the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, these polyethylene panels present far too great of a risk to allow them into the country in any capacity.

 

Labor urges the Government to take action as a matter of priority to avoid any unnecessary disasters here at home.

 

Time and time again we see the Minister responsible for building safety kick the can further down the road, shirking his responsibilities to keep Australian consumers and families safe.

 

The Senate Economics Committee’s recommendations can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming45th/Interim_report_cladding

 

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FRIDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

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