NEW National body to promote stair and balcony safety

The construction industry is in the spotlight over multiple issues to do with compliance and safety, especially of cheap imported substitute products. Industry leaders have responded by launching a new professional body to promote safety and certification standards for balustrades – the supported railings that are found everywhere in our cities and homes. The main…

Why we need to take action to curb the financial services sector

Comment by Peter Roberts Slowly, slowly lawmakers are getting round to tightening up laws covering the sort of white collar crime evident in the recent Banking Royal Commission. But as the Commission itself failed to come to grips with the real problem with the financial services industry, so too will our politicians. While I welcome…

SMEs little changed by banking royal commission

By Peter Roberts The banking royal commission has given little hope of change for small business dealings with the banks. Commissioner Hayne did not recommend extending consumer protections to SMEs, though there are avenues open to legislators that might beef up existing protections. Hayne said: “With some exceptions, I generally do not favour altering the…