Top VIC Government Construction Advisor Quits in Protest to Andrews Mandates

The Victorian government’s top construction industry adviser has quit in protest over controversial new rules for the sector that sparked demonstrations from tradespeople last week and led to vandalism of the building union’s head office.

Union and industry leaders said they received minimal notice and provided no input to the government’s decision last week to close tearooms and ban employees from working if they had not received their first coronavirus vaccination within a week.

Peter Parkinson – government-appointed chair of the state’s building industry council which advises Treasurer Tim Pallas – resigned last week after voicing frustration about a lack of consultation and understanding about implications of the new rules from Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s public-health team.

Circumstances of his departure were confirmed by four union and industry sources speaking anonymously to discuss the relationship between the Health Department and union and employer groups, which one source said had “disintegrated” in the three weeks leading to the shutdown.

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