Abbott to announce inquiry into botched insulation scheme

THE Abbott Government is expected to announce a judicial inquiry into the botched home insulation scheme which claimed the lives of four young people.

The controversial scheme was introduced by the former Rudd government in 2008 and was described at the time as a nation building project.

Four people Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Mitchell Sweeney and Marcus Wilson died between 2009 and 2010 while installing insulation in the Rudd government's rush to save the economy after the global financial crisis.

The program was discontinued on February 19, 2010.

Earlier this year at an inquest, Queensland coroner Michael Barnes found that the risk of electrocution "was not appreciated" by government authorities at the outset of the home insulation program, despite it being raised by industry representatives.

The coroner also referred the supervisors and employers of the three Queensland-based tradesmen to the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions.

A coronial inquest into the death of Marcus Wilson was held in New South Wales, however the deputy-coroner carefully avoided any political aspects and focused on the immediate circumstances of the incident.

It is believed those who help form and deliver the failed scheme, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan, Lindsay Tanner, Peter Garrett and Mark Arbib will be made to front the inquiry and give evidence.


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