of course the royal commission was always going to be loaded against the "labor" government because of the terms of reference...
When one studies the "terms of reference" for the royal commission into the "Pink bats", one can only see it is set up for the study of failures, not that of successes. ANY BUSINESS in Australia could be submitted to the same rigmarole and come with a giant F for FAILURE... In fact the HIP was very successful despite a few set backs which HAPPEN in any industry. ON THIS LEVEL, the HIP was far more successful than most private enterprises. "This" royal commission was a waste of time and money.
The Home Insulation Programme provided insulation for more than one million homes and had a failure rate of about 400 homes and four death. Compared to the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Snowy Scheme, this is a resounding success. The failures only happen not so much because of government "oversight" but because of "new" shonky operators who did not pay attention to the process and possible pitfalls of insulation but only to profit from it. As well, there were no regulation in this industry to speak of beforehand because Howard did not like red tape on "private" enterprises and made sure there were not any...
In the end, the media and the Abbott regime will rejoice is claiming that they were right to say that the scheme was a failure, when it was a success all along. That's the way democracy and MMMM work hand in hand... Not a single mass media will dare challenge the report which was skewed from the terms of reference:
Terms of ReferenceLetters Patent
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth:
Mr Richard Ian Hanger AM QC
WHEREAS a measure, known as the “Energy Efficient Homes Package”, was announced by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 3 February 2009.
AND a component of that Package was the “Homeowner Insulation Program”, which was replaced on 1 July 2009 by the “Home Insulation Program” (both of which form the Program).
AND it is claimed that the deaths of Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Mitchell Sweeney and Marcus Wilson may have arisen from the implementation of the Program.
AND it is important in the public interest that claims that deaths, serious injuries, financial loss or damage to pre-existing home insulation businesses, effects on families and other matters arising from the implementation of the Program be fully explored.
NOW THEREFORE We do, by these Our Letters Patent issued in Our name by Our Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on the advice of the Federal Executive Council and under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Royal Commissions Act 1902 and every other enabling power, appoint you to be a Commission of inquiry, and require and authorise you, to inquire into the matters that may have arisen from the development and implementation of the Program, and related matters, and in particular, without limiting the scope of your inquiry, the following matters:
AND, without limiting the scope of your inquiry or the scope of any recommendations arising out of your inquiry that you may consider appropriate, We direct you to consider:
AND, without limiting the scope of your inquiry or the scope of any recommendations arising out of your inquiry that you may consider appropriate, We declare that you may:
but you are not required by these Our Letters Patent to do so.
AND We further declare that you are not required by these Our Letters Patent to inquire, or to continue to inquire, into a particular matter to the extent that you are satisfied that the matter has been, is being, or will be, sufficiently and appropriately dealt with by any of the following:
AND We direct you to make any recommendations arising out of your inquiry that you consider appropriate.
AND We declare that you are a relevant Commission for the purposes of sections 4 and 5 of the Royal Commissions Act 1902.
AND We declare that in these Our Letters Patent:
pre-existing home insulation business means a business of installing insulation in domestic premises that was in existence before 3 February 2009.
IN WITNESS, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.
WITNESS Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
By Her Excellency’s Command
If you cannot see that this is designed to destroy success from the onset, then you have rocks in the head. Long live the republic and atheism.