Labor to blacklist law firms


Take Note. The Labor Liberal Lawyer Alliance can put pressure on the Lawyer alliance when it comes to protecting their own nests like any other species of vulture.

It is interesting to observe that our political masters can put pressure on the lawyer cartel when it comes to protecting their own nest but they do SFA when they feed off the helpless people. The word to describe this culture is Hypocrisy. All that they need to do for our families and our communities is to eliminate the Legal Services Commission and make all lawyers comply with Australian Consumer Law and prosecute a couple of the serial offenders and hang em on the yard arm for everybody to see.  This would of course mean removing the heads of Consumer affairs Victoria and replacing them with non lawyer professionals who had the interests of consumers in their hearts instead of the interests of the Status Quo.

To achieve this miracle would require a treaty with the original peoples of the land as it would ingrain the respect of family and community into the spirit of our laws.

This is the song from the moon which helps to explain the issues.

Song of the moon

Terror was its aim, a fateful error, made to gain.                                                 Terra nullius, its final aim                                                                                     Genocide, performed by the insane.                                                                               The law of piracy were now proclaimed.

Blind men do not see,  that`s when we lose our liberty                                          A world invaded by Sovereignty                                                                                        The media our only tool,  making you and me to be a fool.                                 Now controlled by those who rule.

Chorus                                                                                                                                     Our child of wisdom, from which life was formed.                                                            Laws of nature are now deformed.                                                                            Respect our communities and our families                                                                   With the spirit of law so as we can live once more.

They come as demons from the sky, unlike vultures who can fly                      All these one`s   know is how to lie.                                                                          Like any good scavenger they see from afar                                                        They prey on the meek as they see them as weak. 

They feed for greed and not out of need.                                                                 They created the laws that make us bleed.                                                                The court of nought protects their fort, a big fat rort.                                              A castle built on sand and formed from stolen land

Our child called wisdom, which life was formed.                                                        Laws of nature are now deformed.                                                                            Respect our communities and our families                                                                    With the spirit of law so as we can live once more.

Rats of deception who have no conception                                                                  A world that is rife, with a life full of strife                                                            This judicial sleaze, this foul smelling disease                                                    Laws of war, laws of greed, these are the laws you do not need.  

Cast aside your wigs and gowns the false masks of thieving hounds                    Respect the beauty of life`s sounds.                                                                          Money and greed are not to be found.                                                                          In a land of wisdom grown from the ground.   

Our child called wisdom, which life was formed.                                                          Laws of nature are now deformed.                                                                           Respect our communities and our families                                                                 With the spirit of law so as we can live once more.

You have hurt my child through your laws                                                           Stop this evil and let the world love once more.                                                  The spoken word became no more as it was written into law.                              A tribe of scribes who only tell lies are now stealing our lives.

Our child called wisdom, which life was formed.                                                       Laws of nature are now deformed.                                                                           Respect our communities and our families                                                                  With the spirit in law so as we can love once more.

Our child called wisdom, which life was formed.                                                        Laws of nature are now deformed.                                                                            Respect our communities and our families                                                                   With the spirit of law so as we can love once more.


Cancelled: Fired up: The Causes and Consequences of Flammable Cladding”

Looks as if the Event is too hot to handle. Especial since their is a state election.

A Message from Centre for Urban Research:

Hi All,
Thanks for your interest in attending the “Fired up: The Causes and Consequences of Flammable Cladding” panel event at RMIT on October 24th.
Unfortunately, given the changed availability of some panellists, and with difficulty finding new dates and admin support for a different date at this busy time of year, I am writing with the disappointing news that this event is now cancelled.
This is not great given the speakers who had agreed to be involved and the work put in so far, but on balance my view is it would have been too challenging to re-arrange the event for a new date, or to satisfactorily replace speakers for the existing date.
Strata Community Australia are potentially holding some ‘town hall’ events on flammable cladding in the lead up to the Victorian election, so it is worth keeping an eye out for that. And there will hopefully be other opportunities to improve understanding and engagement around this issue.
Again – sincere apologies and hope to see you at other events in future,
Elizabeth Taylor



The Cladding Challenge

With an aggregate rectification bill of billions of dollars, the fallout from flammable cladding is unfolding through the building industry, property market, and legal systems. As well as immediate practical challenges of making buildings safe and compliant, flammable cladding raises broader questions around risk in our buildings and cities, and the frameworks that govern them. How do we, and how should we, assign responsibility for cladding issues and for fixing them? How do governments balance tensions between accountability, certainty, and the immediate need to make buildings safe? How did we get here and what are the options moving forward?
In light of such questions, RMIT Centre for Urban Research and the School of Design present “Fired Up”: a public event comprising an expert panel to discuss the causes and consequences of flammable cladding.

Panel Event

The expert panel for “Fired Up” draws together a range of perspectives to help illuminate how the flammable cladding problem came about, what the range of consequences are, and what could or should be done to fix it.
Speakers will discuss academic, government, consumer and industry-based insights into different aspects of the combustible cladding challenge. The discussion will cover questions around the building industry, litigation, regulation, owners corporations, fire engineering, consumer rights, and planning processes.The event will comprise short speaker presentations followed by facilitated discussion, and audience Q&A.Discussion will include:

  • Causes: factors contributing to flammable cladding issues, and the systems involved
  • Consequences: the nature of the problems, who is impacted and how
  • What solutions there are and what the consequences of different solutions might be for safety, fairness, accountability
  • What we might learn from other risk-based issues in the built environment: asbestos, ‘leaky building’ (New Zealand), and combustible cladding responses in other jurisdictions.
Speakers include:
  • John Thwaites (Victorian Government Cladding Taskforce Co-Chair; former Deputy Premier of Victoria, Chair of the National Sustainability Council; director of Australian Green Building Council; Professorial Fellow Monash University).
  • Sahil Bhasin (National General Manager, Roscon Group of Companies )
  • Anne Paten (building consumer advocate – president, Victorian Building Action Group)
  • Samantha Ratnam (Leader of the Victorian Greens, Member of Parliament for the Northern Metropolitan Region)
  • Chair: Professor Ralph Horne, (Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation – College of Design and Social Context, RMITUniversity)
  • Host: Dr Elizabeth Taylor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
RSVP today as spaces are limited, and this is likely to be a popular event!

The Cladding Issue Background

In the wake of London’s catastrophic Grenfell Towers fire, and of local incidents including the rapid spread of a balcony fire at Melbourne Dockland’s LaCrosse Tower, governments are increasingly acting to limit the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) with polyethylene (PE) cores. Also referred to as flammable or combustible cladding, the use of this material in high-rise buildings in Victoria is now presumed to be non-compliant with building codes. In its November 2017 interim report the Victorian Cladding Taskforce found the widespread use of combustible cladding to have been enabled by a poor culture of industry compliance; issues with supply and marketing of building materials; and multiple regulatory systems failures.Even with a commitment to increased compliance and to limiting the further use of ACP, Australia still faces the complex legacy of thousands of buildings swathed in what likely amounts to hundreds of thousands of square metres of combustible cladding. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is leading a cladding audit of residential buildings over three storeys; and of public use buildings over 2 storeys. The challenge of rectifying the roughly 1,400 non-compliant buildings already identified by the VBA – a figure which may increase to 5,000 or as many as 20,000 buildings in Victoria – raises questions not only around cladding but around the nature of risk and liability in the built environment.In Victoria’s case, decades of cumulative regulatory changes including to building warranty insurance, building surveying, and building authority jurisdictions, have combined with a prolonged boom in high-rise construction. The consequence is that while many groups may or may not be to blame for flammable cladding issues, in practical and financial terms the costs of compliance and rectification of cladding are falling on apartment owners who find they have been sold non-conforming apartments. Courts have ruled the VBA cannot order directions to builders to fix non-compliant blocks after owners move in. This, combined with cladding audits and with 2002 legislation exempting builders from home warranty insurance for apartment blocks over three storeys, means as many as 250,000 apartment owners in Victorian high-rise buildings have few consumer protections. And with major builders going into administration; there are sometimes no legal recourses for pursuing claims through the courts. Owners Corporations are grappling with complex rectification works and legal uncertainties with estimates as high as $40,00 to $60,000 per apartment; and millions of dollars per building.

Hosted by: Dr Elizabeth Taylor, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT