When we read in the press of yet another public sector procurement debacle, or that the project has been fraught with difficulties, it rather begs the question – what was the project for and how was the budget set? All too frequently, it is less that a project cost more or took longer than that the project expectations were ill-defined or poorly understood and the relationship between key parties broke down.
Musings of a busy mind
In October 2017, the International Bar Association held its annual conference in Sydney. I was tasked, along with Jaime Gray from Navarro Sologuren, Paredes & Gray in Lima, Peru, with chairing the first session of the International Construction Projects Committee, on Construction Management – A Path to a Good Outcome or a Sure Way to Blow the Budget?
In early April 2017, Paul Foster-Bell MP’s private members’ bill amending the Arbitration Act 1996 was drawn from the ballot, and on 12 April 2017, the Arbitration Amendment Bill 2017 received its first reading. It is now with the Electoral and Justice Select Committee for consideration. Since the election, and Mr Foster-Bell MP’s retirement, the Bill has been taken over by Andrew Bayly MP.