Hunt calls on Rudd to release letters of safety risks

Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt.
Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt. Cade Mooney

OPPOSITION climate action spokesman Greg Hunt has again called on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to release any letters he received warning him about potential safety risks attached to the failed home insulation program.

It came as it was revealed a legal action launched against the government by a group of 65 companies would examine Mr Rudd's direct knowledge of the public safety risks posed by the $2 billion scheme.

The companies claim to have lost a total of $100 million when the scheme was axed.

Just last month a Queensland coroner criticised the Federal Government for its handling of the home insulation scheme, which was rolled out as a stimulus measure during the global financial crisis.

The Australian published a number of claims on Thursday based on documents it obtained, including the allegation concerns were raised with Mr Rudd's aides by the department in charge of the scheme about the risks associated with the speed at which the program was being rolled out.

"We now have revelations that the Prime Minister's closest officials knew there would be house fires and there would be injuries as a consequence of the home insulation program," Mr Hunt said.

"This is significant; it is serious and in an election about trust it is fundamental.

"Now the Prime Minister has refused to release all of the warnings he received.

"The Prime Minister must release immediately all of the warnings he received with regards to the home insulation program."

Topics:  greg hunt home insulation kevin rudd

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