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12:00 AM, February 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, February 11, 2019

Australia tightens laws in wake of 'cracked' tower

Australia's most populous state said yesterday it would embark on the "biggest overhaul of building laws" in its history, months after residents were evacuated from a recently completed Sydney high-rise apartment that made "cracking noises".

There have been question marks hanging over New South Wales' building and construction industry after some 300 people in the 38-storey Opal Tower in the Sydney Olympic Park were evacuated on Christmas Eve after the cracking reports.

Some residents have yet to return to their homes, while an initial investigation found there were a number of "design and construction issues" that could have led to the damage.

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