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Home insulation inquiry established

The Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program was established last week and its terms of reference released.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin the commission is one of the Coalition Government’s election promises.

The terms of reference include how the Australian Labor Government made decisions about identifying, assessing and managing work health and safety (WHS) risks and whether the Government had sufficient regard for such risks.

Also included are whether the deaths of the four men, Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Mitchell Sweeney and Marcus Wilson, could have been avoided if the Labor Government had taken a different approach to identifying, assessing or managing WHS risks, the program’s effects on the victims’ families and the program’s effects on pre-existing home insulation businesses.

Ian Hanger AM QC has been appointed as the Royal Commissioner; he is a dispute resolution practitioner and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland.

Hanger will report the commission’s findings and recommendations on or before 30 June 2014.

For more details, visit the Royal Commission and the full terms of reference

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