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Once in a Generation Fairness Laws Must Pass Parliament

Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) Executive Director Penny Cornah has called on the Queensland Parliament to pass once in a generation fairness laws as soon as possible.

“We would not expect a nurse to work 7 shifts and only get paid for 3 and this is what is happening to hardworking tradies every day in Queensland,” Ms Cornah said.

“There is not a single plumber in Queensland that has not experienced non-payment or extreme late payment on money owed for work done.”

The Palaszczuk Government has today introduced legislation that plumbing and trade contractor businesses have been asking for, to usher in a new age of fairness in our industry.

“This has become an annual burden of over $3 billion across our country with the impact being felt across Queensland.”

“It is not too much to ask that people should get paid for the work they have already completed, and done well.”

“We have a once in a generation chance to change this with these laws and this is why we support them,” Ms Cornah stated.

Ms Cornah said that all the alternatives proposed will not work without adding cost or risk to tradie’s businesses and this is why MPAQ will work with the Government to do everything they can to get the detail right.

“We also support the complimentary reforms to matters such as illegal phoenixing,” she said.

MPAQ represents over 1,300 plumbing and gas businesses across Queensland and has been advocating for security of payment reforms for generations.


For further information contact:

Penny Cornah
Executive Director
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
0418 724 457
(07) 3273 0800

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