Australia: Fire safety problems in new student accommodation
By Mark Church, December 14, 2012
Scores of new student apartments are not fire proof because of an unclear definition in Australian building codes.
Australia: Safety experts discuss Bankstown apartment fire
By our reporters, November 27, 2012
Experts voice concerns about fire safety in multi-storey apartments and inadequate building codes.
Residents voice concerns about fire safety at Bankstown apartment
By Richard Phillips, November 17, 2012
False alarms and other fire safety issues continue to plague Euro Terraces residents in south-west Sydney.
Australia’s worsening housing affordability crisis
By Mark Church, November 10, 2012
Over the past two decades, the cost of buying a home has almost trebled, compared to average incomes.
Fire safety problems in Australia’s tallest apartment block
By Richard Phillips, November 1, 2012
A flawed fire escape in the Q1 tower highlights the result of the de-regulation of the building industry.
No decision on coronial inquiry into Bankstown fire for months
By Richard Phillips, October 27, 2012
The response by all levels of government to the plight of Euro Terraces fire victims has been one of callous indifference.
“The local council and governments have a lot to answer for with this fire.”
By our reporters, October 22, 2012
Residents discuss need for independent investigation into the fatal fire at the Euro Terraces complex in Bankstown.
Building workers raise questions about Bankstown fire
By our reporters, October 20, 2012
The WSWS spoke to construction workers about poor building standards, the de-regulation of building codes and the housing affordability crisis.
Commentary from a building designer
Building regulations and the Bankstown fire
By Paul Bartizan, October 18, 2012
The Hawke and Keating governments introduced the Building Code of Australia as part of the Labor Party’s program of “economic reform” and de-regulation.
Residents condemn Bankstown council and Labor Party
By our reporters, October 17, 2012
Bankstown residents spoke to the WSWS about the responsibility of the federal, state and local governments for the conditions that led to the September 6 fire.
Residents speak to WSWS about the Euro Terraces fire
By our reporters, October 16, 2012
Participants spoke about their reaction to the SEP meeting and why they supported the resolution calling for a committee to organise an independent investigation.
SEP meeting resolution on the Bankstown fire
October 16, 2012
The resolution was adopted unanimously at the SEP’s public meeting on the Bankstown fire.
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