I passionately believe in the value of making our homes more energy efficient but the whole business of the governments scheme has been a disaster from the beginning and only now that they have finally decided to pull the plug on it can we see just what a shit fight it has become.
TAXPAYERS face a $1 billion bill to clean up the Rudd government’s botched home insulation scheme, which has wasted 2 per cent of its $42bn economic stimulus package.
After months of revelations of dodgy work and rorting of the $2.45bn program, the government yesterday scrapped it on the basis of an independent report highlighting massive failings in its design and administration.
As Tony Abbott attacked the scheme as the worst government bungle in Australian history, the Prime Minister left it to junior minister Greg Combet to announce the about-face on an earlier promise to redesign and relaunch the program.
The insulation scheme, designed to insulate 2.7 million homes, was announced in February last year as a stimulus measure.
It was suspended two months ago because of serious concerns about fraud and safety that followed the deaths of four young installers, 120 house fires and claims that up to 1000 roofs may have been electrified.
The government now faces the task of finding and fixing safety and quality problems in 1.1 million homes fitted with insulation under the program.
So far the government has committed to inspecting all 50,000 homes fitted with foil insulation and 150,000 homes with non-foil insulation.
Dr Hawke has warned that significantly more than 200,000 homes might need to be inspected.
He said this work could leave little change from the $1 billion still remaining in the scheme’s budget.
You can almost taste the desperation exuded from those leftys who had such high hopes for the government of Brother Number One, for them it has been just one disappointment after another. I really don’t know how anyone can be confident that this most incompetent government will retain office at the next election. That said I think the the Ghost of the Whitlem government can be invoked because I remember the way that Labor voters like I was back then desperately wanted to deny that the well meaning plans of that government had gone so bad.
Climate change policy = FAIL
Asylum seeker policy = FAIL
Laptops for every High school student = FAIL
Building the Education Revolution = FAIL
Home Insulation Scheme = Fatal FAIL
Indigenous Housing scheme = FAIL
Internet filter = FAIL
Health Reform = FAIL
Can anyone honestly give Brother Number One a passing grade with results like this ?