Our government agencies are always keen to show that they are up for a challenge when it comes to flexing statutory muscle, and there are few better headlines than this favourite: Fair Trading Hammers Dodgy Builders.

Every reputable builder and anxious homeowner will be cheering them on. NSW Fair Trading claimed disciplinary action taken against 78 separate offenders of the Home Building Act 1989 had netted them just over $421,583 in fines between January and March this year, up from $275,244 in the previous quarter. It…