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While private owners would be asked to remove the cladding, de Brenni said the government could increase its powers to ensure safety measures were enforced.

More than 12,000 buildings in Australia's Queensland state are set to be inspected for flammable cladding, as part of a major audit following a London building fire last June that killed more than 70 people, according to the latest report of a taskforce looking into the matter.

"It is about more than simply issuing a ban on certain materials", she said, advocating for a "new regulatory framework" rather than an outright embargo.

"I don't know of any systems containing combustible materials that have passed that test".

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) called for a ban on flammable cladding, a requirement for sprinklers to be fitted and a second means of escape for high-rise residential buildings.

Publication of the report comes after Theresa May announced on Wednesday the Government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding materials from tower blocks for councils and housing associations - a project expected to cost in the region of £400m.

The state's housing and public works minister, Mick de Brenni, has told the ABC that while it would cost millions to complete rectifications, the government could not put a price on safety. Many residents accused authorities of ignoring safety concerns raised months before the fire.

An image of burned out Grenfell Tower shows some of the cladding that had been fitted to the building
Image 71 people were killed in the Grenfell tower in June last year

Of One Manchester's 17 blocks, 16 had ACM cladding, and 13 of those failed tests, leading to the start of a removal and replacement programme that started in January and will continue until next year.

He added: "We are consulting on significantly restricting or banning the use of desk-top studies to assess cladding systems".

This dutyholder during occupation and maintenance should maintain the fire and structural safety of the whole building, and identify and make improvements where reasonable and practicable.

"People are not safe in their homes", Shahin Sadafy, chair of survivors' group Grenfell United told the BBC.

"It beggars belief that the government's building safety review gives the green light to combustible materials on high-rise blocks", said John Healey, Labour's housing policy chief. "When we met Dame Judith, we looked her in the eye and we asked her - among other things - to ban unsafe cladding".

"What keeps us awake at night is knowing that there are schools, hospitals and homes that have this cladding on them".

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