12 AUGUST 2019

The pain of NSW’s building crisis was captured in Mascot Towers owner Vijay Vital’s testimony at the inquiry, when he broke down describing the loss of his home. Mascot Towers was evacuated on June 14 due to cracks but engineers have yet to find the cause. “I stand here as a parent and my daughter asks me “when can I go home?” he said amid tears. “I have done everything right and I shouldn’t be accountable for this.”

The Owners Corporation Network (OCN) told the inquiry the question of “who should pay” needs to be addressed now. In the first instance, the government and building practitioners should pay for defects in buildings including those of Opal and Mascot Towers having received stamp duty and earned profits from development respectively, OCN said.

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Su-Lin Tan