The Abbott government must heed the recommendations in a report into Labor’s botched home insulation scheme, the parents of a victim say.
The parents of a young man electrocuted under the botched home insulation scheme have urged the federal government to heed the lessons from the program.
Findings of the royal commission into the Rudd government’s deadly scheme were handed to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Friday.
It is understood Commissioner Ian Hanger QC’s report has been passed to the federal government.
Four Australians were killed while putting insulation into roofs under the 2009 scheme, which offered rebates to homeowners or installers in a bid to boost the economy.
Electrician Matthew Fuller, 25, was electrocuted on October 14, 2009, while laying foil insulation in Logan, south of Brisbane.
His parents, Kevin and Christine Fuller, say they hope to receive a copy of Mr Hanger’s report at the earliest opportunity.
“We recognise the government will need some time to review the report,” they said in a statement on Friday.
“But in order to ensure some closure to our quest for answers and desire to prevent other families feeling our pain, it is critical in our view that the government gives a commitment to meeting the recommendations in the report or overcoming any deficiencies revealed.”
The office of federal Attorney-General George Brandis has been contacted for comment.
Rueben Barnes, 16, Marcus Wilson, 19, and Mitchell Sweeney, 22, died installing insulation within four months of Mr Fuller’s death.
More than 50 witnesses gave evidence at the royal commission over 37 days of hearings in Brisbane.
They included former prime minister Kevin Rudd and his environment minister, Peter Garrett.
The commission was told the rushed and poorly designed program had offered limited training to installers and was susceptible to rorts, making it a recipe for disaster.