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The worst government bungle in Australian history

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 ?
Cheers Comrades
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17 Comments

  1. Billy Bedlam AKA Iain Lygo says:

    You’re just flag-waving like a good Liberal cheerleader mate. The Kruddster and his mob have done some good, some bad. The health reform package looks OK to me, they’re making an effort to fix what has been an ongoing problem for at least 20 years. The “education revolution”, if there can be such a thing, is ongoing and can’t really be judged, but I like the idea of testing standards in all schools. The Internet filter is based on a good idea but it will probably flop because the average nerd will be able to bypass it pretty easy.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Billy

    You’re just flag-waving like a good Liberal cheerleader mate.

    I have actually voted tabor more often than I have voted for the coalition, I had some respect for Hawke and Keeting but Rudd has been a disaster

    The Kruddster and his mob have done some good, some bad.

    The problem is that he has done more bad than good , come on tell what good he has done, I bet that your list of good is shorter than my list of bad above.

    The health reform package looks OK to me, they’re making an effort to fix what has been an ongoing problem for at least 20 years.

    Despite the claims of victory he has neither secured the agreement of WA nor is he guaranteed the passage of enabling legislation. So that is a chicken that is yet to go into the incubator let alone be hatched.

    The “education revolution”, if there can be such a thing, is ongoing and can’t really be judged, but I like the idea of testing standards in all schools.

    The building program is a shambles of scams and rorting returning very poor value to the community, I agree with you that testing for literacy is good but though.

    The Internet filter is based on a good idea but it will probably flop because the average nerd will be able to bypass it pretty easy.

    I don’t know about the technicalities of that but it is not likely to win the government friends either way.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Can anyone honestly give Brother Number One a passing grade

    Yep.

    Reaction to global financial crisis: PASS with HONOURS
    Management of economy: PASS with HONOURS

    That will be enough to give him a second term. Keep up the Abbott cheer squad stuff though, Iain. Even losing footy sides need vocal fans.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    Reaction to global financial crisis: PASS with HONOURS

    Downgraded because this country had an easy exam due to the previous team doing so well and giving the Rudd team a head start

    Management of economy: PASS with HONOURS

    Downgraded because Rudd has been found to have done a “Melbourne storm” by having very poor administration of many government policies (pink batts , school spending , you name it)

    That will be enough to give him a second term. Keep up the Abbott cheer squad stuff though, Iain. Even losing footy sides need vocal fans.

    I think that it will be you who will be drowning your sorrows on election night after you get out of that Egyptian river Ray. It will take a bigger come back that the one wrought by Isis for her husband Osiris to see Rudd retain the lodge…

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, where have I heard all this conservative party cheer squad stuff before? Oh that’s right, your predictions on:

    1. The Queensland election – FAIL
    2. The Sth Australian election – FAIL
    3. The Tasmanian election – FAIL

    We’ve got a State election in Victoria this year too. Wanna back Baillieu?

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    none of those governments have stuffed up as badly as the Rudd Government. and if my calls on those elections have been off the law of averages suggests that I am due to get one right and I may just be right on the money when it comes to Brother Number One 😉

  7. Len says:

    Sorry Iain, can’t resist ?

    Downgraded because this country had an easy exam due to the previous team doing so well and giving the Rudd team a head start

    Doing so well ? Hmm, only because the lil chimp and his mate Cost-Cutto, nearly taxed us out of existence, to get to that point ? Added to that the hunger/greed of China, et al, for our natural resources ?

    Downgraded because Rudd has been found to have done a “Melbourne storm” by having very poor administration of many government policies (pink batts , school spending , you name it)

    Whoa, hang on a minute.

    All the Feds did, was issue the money programs, under accepted guidelines. (previously established Liberal Government guidelines BTW ?) Day to day administration of these schemes was at a State level , not Federal ? They were good programs btw.

    Who oversees all safety concerns, and regulations, in regards to building codes and practices ? Hmm, State again, under the auspices of local councils that’s who !

    Our schools et al, had been ignored under the Chimp, and as such, were a disgrace. The asbestos fiasco should be enough to remind everyone of the Libs failure here.

    Where is your criticism of these inadequacies and State failures ?

    Finally, the piece de resistance,
    Governments rarely get chucked out after only one term.
    Secondly,
    <b< Abbott ?
    C’mon Iain, you cannot honestly expect that he has a chance here. I would vote for Costello before voting for him. He has overseen nearly every Liberal failure of the last 15 years ! King Kev is going to remind us all, come election time, of every ripoff, every failure, that guy has overseen in that time, and there were quite a few.

    Bring it on, should be the most entertaining campaign we have seen, at least in our immediate history. The only better one, would have been the Keating/Johnny battles.

  8. Iain Hall says:

    Len

    Sorry Iain, can’t resist ?

    No need to apologize , my Rasion detre for blogging is to have good friendly arguments.

    Doing so well ? Hmm, only because the lil chimp and his mate Cost-Cutto, nearly taxed us out of existence, to get to that point ? Added to that the hunger/greed of China, et al, for our natural resources ?

    Which actually proves my point, the “good” result had nothing to do with Rudd’s management of the economy so he won;t be able to claim the credit , not without telling outright lies anyway.

    Whoa, hang on a minute.

    All the Feds did, was issue the money programs, under accepted guidelines. (previously established Liberal Government guidelines BTW ?) Day to day administration of these schemes was at a State level , not Federal ? They were good programs btw.
    Who oversees all safety concerns, and regulations, in regards to building codes and practices ? Hmm, State again, under the auspices of local councils that’s who !

    I don’t think that the voters are going to see it that way at all These were federal schemes designed by minions of the federal government and they have been stuffed up. To invoke the ghost of Oscar Wilde; To make one mistake may be excused , to make two may be forgiven but that make many stuff ups of this government and it has to unforgivable.

    Our schools et al, had been ignored under the Chimp, and as such, were a disgrace. The asbestos fiasco should be enough to remind everyone of the Libs failure here.

    The issue of asbestos in building products goes back more than fifty years and as tragic as it is for those who worked with the stuff you can’t just blame the Libs. Labor don’t dare try that because they know that the most egregious inaction has been from the state governments who have failed to remover it form their schools

    Where is your criticism of these inadequacies and State failures ?

    Absent because the topic is the inaction of the feds, Surely you must remember the caning I was giving Anna Bligh(t) in the lead up to the last election?

    Finally, the piece de resistance,
    Governments rarely get chucked out after only one term.

    Yeah But Rudd has done enough wrong to go against that trend.

    Secondly,
    Abbott ?
    C’mon Iain, you cannot honestly expect that he has a chance here. I would vote for Costello before voting for him. He has overseen nearly every Liberal failure of the last 15 years ! King Kev is going to remind us all, come election time, of every ripoff, every failure, that guy has overseen in that time, and there were quite a few.

    The things that a man does when he is in a subordinate position is not always indicative of what sort of leader he will make. I have no illusions that he is the absolutely best possible leader for the country (I am after all not in the race 😉 ) but he could not to a worse job that Kevin Rudd.

    Bring it on, should be the most entertaining campaign we have seen, at least in our immediate history. The only better one, would have been the Keating/Johnny battles.

    This I agree with It is going to be a great Grand Final (there you go Ray a sporting reference) because the teams are both in with a chance and for we followers of the biggest sporting contest in the land (politics trumps the footy!) a big finish is always exciting.

  9. Billy Bedlam AKA Iain Lygo says:

    Len is pretty much on the money. All governments make stuff ups and the public will tolerate them to a certain degree. But the other factor is the quality of the opposition and I dont think too many people want to have “Tony Abbott, PM” and his front bench of religious fundies running the country. Rudd will scrape in for another term but he’ll be on notice.

  10. Len says:

    Can’t argue with that either Billy.
    😉

  11. Len says:

    Aw shucks Iain ?
    Y’Abbot has paid more than that for his wardrobe of bike shorts ?
    😉

  12. Iain Hall says:

    What was the old story about camels and straws Len?

  13. Len says:

    Is that the same as the one about stones and glass houses ?
    😉

  14. Len says:

    Probably the wrong place to put this, as you will no doubt (?) be putting up a post about it.

    Remember when I said somewhere, that a party never gets thrown out after one term ?

    I apologise to everyone, I take that back, I was wrong .

    After Rudd’s bit of brilliance over night, in the attempt to reduce the financial meltdown of his other numerous failures, putting up cigarettes by a minimum of five bucks a packet, is just about the largest proverbial “straw” I have ever seen.

  15. Iain Hall says:

    Check out my latest post Len 🙂

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