Opposition pledges to bring in penalties and licensing on top of earlier commitment to ban flammable cladding

Labor will create a national licensing scheme for builders and installers, and a new penalties regime for people who breach the national construction code, as part of efforts to boost fire safety standards in buildings.

The new measures, to be unveiled on Thursday, add to a previous commitment by Labor to ban the importation, future sale and use of highly flammable cladding – polyethylene core aluminium composite panels.

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