Rudd team to face in­quiry

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

KEVIN Rudd will be or­dered to re­veal the se­crets of his deadly home in­su­la­tion pro­gram be­fore a ju­di­cial in­quiry to be com­mis­sioned by the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment.

Draft terms of ref­er­ence ex­clu­sively ob­tained by the Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian re­veal the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion will be far reach­ing and de­mand an­swers of the top ech­e­lons of the for­mer Rudd gov­ern­ment.

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

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Greg Hunt, who has pre­vi­ously called for Mr Rudd to re­lease all cor­re­spon­dence be­tween him and his min­is­ters, wants the re­port fi­nalised by June 30 next year. He also wants ev­i­dence given pub­licly and not be­hind closed doors.

The Sun­day Ter­ri­to­rian has ob­tained the draft terms of ref­er­ence, show­ing plans for the com­mis­sion are well pro­gressed.

‘‘The Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to a full in­quiry into Kevin Rudd’s home in­su­la­tion scheme that was linked to the tragic loss of four young lives,’’ Mr Hunt said.

The terms in­clude: THE process and ba­sis of gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions while es­tab­lish­ing the pro­gram, in­clud­ing risk as­sess­ment and man­age­ment. WHETHER the death of the four men could have been avoided. WHAT if any ad­vice or un­der­tak­ings given by the gov­ern­ment to the in­dus­try were in­ac­cu­rate or de­fi­cient. WHAT steps the gov­ern­ment should have taken to avoid the tragedies

The in­quiry could also open the door to com­pen­sa­tion pay­outs for fam­i­lies, busi­ness and home­own­ers.

Mr Rudd, Ju­lia Gil­lard, Wayne Swan and Lind­say Tan­ner — plus then en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Peter Gar­rett and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Mark Ar­bib — helped form or de­liver the pro­gram.

Top bu­reau­crats also face in­tense scru­tiny.

Mr Gar­rett and Mr Rudd did not com­ment yes­ter­day.

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