Premier Brumby promises building regulations to reduce the impact of bushfires.
Several outcomes are certain. First, numerous consultants will walk away with buckets of fees from the drafting of the new laws. Secondly, lobbyists for the builders determined to water them down will also be rewarded. Thirdly, building firms will generate mountains of paper for their lawyers to use as evidence that the next 2,000 burnt-out houses were designed in accordance with the regulations. If all other defences fail, barristers will argue the meaning of ‘the’ to the High Court. Continue reading