Kevin Rudd was warned about “a large number of critical risks” of the pink batts home insulation scheme before the deaths of four young men, leaked cabinet documents reveal
Kevin Rudd was warned about “a large number of critical risks” of the pink batts home insulation scheme before the deaths of four young men, leaked cabinet documents reveal

Rudd warned before pink batts deaths

KEVIN Rudd was warned about "a large number of critical risks" of the pink batts home insulation scheme before the deaths of four young men, leaked cabinet documents reveal.

The ABC has obtained a report to cabinet from April 2009 by the Department of Environment which warned the Energy Efficient Homes Package program had "critical risks".

Three workers in Queensland were electrocuted installing the insulation and one man in New South Wales died of hypothermia installing the 'pink batts' just months later.

The program was initially rolled out by the Rudd Government as part of an economic stimulus package to counter the impacts of the Global Financial Crisis in Australia.

ABC reports the document, dated April 6, 2009, does not specify what the risks were or if they were related to safety concerns.

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It states: "[The Department of Environment] has undertaken a risk assessment which reveals a large number of critical risks for the Energy Efficient Homes Package."

Dodgy installation was still flourishing after four workers died putting down the insulation. These images were supplied by a family from a Melbourne southeast suburb, showing the substandard installation carried out in their roof cavity, after the deaths.
Dodgy installation was still flourishing after four workers died putting down the insulation. These images were supplied by a family from a Melbourne southeast suburb, showing the substandard installation carried out in their roof cavity, after the deaths.

Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Lindsay Tanner would also have been aware of the report as members of the Strategic Priorities and Budget Committee.

In 2014, Mr Rudd told a Royal Commission into the scheme the government would have delayed the roll out if it was warned of the safety risks.

He also stated in a written submission he had only received two implementation reports written in February and no reports following that.

The implementation report obtained by the ABC was reportedly prepared weekly for the SPBC.



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