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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Insulation Debacle Blamed on Bureaucrats- Ministerial Responsibility Ignored!

The Auditor-General's report on the 1.4 billion dollar home insulation debacle which caused house fires,deaths and left thousands of homes in a dangerous condition has blamed the bureaucrats involved not the minister. The rush blamed for the disaster was created by government instructions, not by the bureaucrats who should never have been put in that position by their political masters!
What CEO of a multinational who presided over such a disaster could keep his job by blaming his employees. Peter Garrett was not fired,did not do the decent thing and resign but instead was moved sideways to the portfolio on Education showing that the buck does not stop anywhere in this irresponsible and incompetent government.

THE federal environment department urged that the $2.8 billion home insulation program be rolled out over five years but was told to rush it out in half that time because the aim was to stimulate the economy, a damning report into the bungled scheme finds.

The report by the federal Auditor-General, released yesterday, calculates that fixing up the mess from the now aborted scheme - including inspecting and remediating botched jobs and funding assistance schemes - will cost taxpayers $740 million. This is on top of the $1.45 billion paid out to insulate 1.1 million homes, of which 29 per cent had problems ranging from minor to serious.
Implicit throughout the audit report was that the pressure being exerted by the Rudd government, which was trying to stimulate the economy in the global financial crisis, was ultimately the cause.

''[The department] had earlier favoured a five-year rollout because of difficulties in scaling up to meet the capabilities required to deliver a program of this nature and size,'' it says.
''While a five-year rollout was considered by the government, the stimulus focus was a priority and was the reason why a 2½-year rollout was chosen.''
The report attributes no fault to Mr Garrett and blames the department for not alerting the minister to the problems as they arose, for failing to anticipate the degree of demand for free insulation and the risks involved, and for giving Mr Garrett overly optimistic and erroneous advice. This was, in part, due to the pressure the department was under.

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