Premier Daniel Andrews has watered down statements that Victoria was about to crack down on builders who closed their doors to avoid cladding-related claims, saying state legislative changes would take time and that changes in anti-phoenixing laws were up to the federal government.
"We’re looking to strengthen legislative requirements to crack down on this so we can better recoup expenses and lessen the burden on taxpayers. We’ll be in a position to provide more information later this year," the spokeswoman said. "We acknowledge that legislation governing phoenix activity is primarily a federal government responsibility and we call on them to work with us to fix this problem."
"So many of these apartment buildings have been built by phoenix companies and almost as the last nail is driven, the company folds up and there’s no one to go after. We think that’s something that should be on the national agenda as well," Mr Andrews said at the announcement.