Apr 13, 2016

Alliance steps into political arena

Alliance steps into political arena Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams looks over the completed policy document.

A Subcontractors Alliance policy document penned by chairman Les Williams is complete and he is calling on readers to help circulate it to politicians ahead of the federal election widely tipped for July 2.

Mr Williams has spent three years gathering information, seeking legal opinion and speaking extensively with construction industry experts to create the document.

“I spent a week compiling it and I don’t know how many thousands of words have gone into creating it,” he said.

A victim of the Walton Construction collapse in Queensland late in 2013, Mr Williams is dedicated to getting a fair deal for subcontractors and small businesses who rely on the construction industry for their livelihoods.

A full transcript of the policy document can be downloaded at: https://industryadvocate.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Subbies-Alliance_POLICY-DOCUMENT-1.pdf and Mr Williams urges subscribers to the fortnightly newsletter to send copies to their sitting federal members and candidates to seek their views on the document.

“The more widely it is circulated, the better chance we have of getting changes made to ensure subcontractors and small businesses get paid,” he said.

The policy document is based upon four pillars:

  1. To obtain security of payment for subcontractors.
  2. To obtain fast payment for subcontractors.
  3. Formation of the alliance into a sustainable not-for-profit organisation to represent all subcontractors into the future.
  4. To build member numbers to represent and protect all subcontractors when dealing with government, business and the community.

The alliance supports the 44 recommendations of a 2015 Senate Inquiry into Insolvency in the Australian Construction Industry which was aptly titled “I just want to be paid”.

Mr Williams believes the construction industry cannot continue to be regulated by the self-interest of peak industry groups.

“There is no moral basis to deny construction industry small business security for the huge amounts of money they expend improving property for the benefit of others. Risk should be apportioned appropriately,” he said.

and Mr Williams urges subscribers to the fortnightly newsletter to send copies to their sitting federal members and candidates to seek their views on the document.

“The more widely it is circulated, the better chance we have of getting changes made to ensure subcontractors and small businesses get paid,” he said.

The policy document is based upon four pillars:

  1. To obtain security of payment for subcontractors.
  2. To obtain fast payment for subcontractors.
  3. Formation of the alliance into a sustainable not-for-profit organisation to represent all subcontractors into the future.
  4. To build member numbers to represent and protect all subcontractors when dealing with government, business and the community.

The alliance supports the 44 recommendations of a 2015 Senate Inquiry into Insolvency in the Australian Construction Industry which was aptly titled “I just want to be paid”.

Mr Williams believes the construction industry cannot continue to be regulated by the self-interest of peak industry groups.

“There is no moral basis to deny construction industry small business security for the huge amounts of money they expend improving property for the benefit of others. Risk should be apportioned appropriately,” he said.

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