Housing Minister Bruce Flegg.
Housing Minister Bruce Flegg. Max Fleet

Flegg warns against faking claims

BUILDING contractors who submit fake statutory declarations for government jobs will be referred to the Queensland Police Service for investigation, Housing Minister Bruce Flegg said on Monday.

Mr Flegg sent the warning to the state's construction industry that faking contract claims, such as how much a job would cost, was against the law.

"Most State Government building contracts required a signed, original statutory declaration to be submitted with each payment claim, declaring amongst other things that all workers and subcontractors of the contractor have been paid all that is due and owing," he said.

"These statutory declarations are not just another piece of paper to sign when submitting a payment claim - they are important legal documents governed by the Oaths Act 1867."

Mr Flegg said not only would government contractors caught faking statutory declarations be investigated, but they could lose their building licence as well.


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