Rueben Barnes was among those killed while working on the home insulation program.
Rueben Barnes was among those killed while working on the home insulation program. Supplied

Royal Commission begins into home insulation deaths

BETWEEN October 2009 and February 2010, four young men lost their lives while at work.

On Monday, a Royal Commission of Inquiry hopes to begin to find out why.

The three Queenslanders and one New South Welshman had been working on the 'pink batts' scheme, established by the Rudd government in 2009 to help stimulate the national economy during the global financial crisis.

The $2.8 billion program has been criticised for being poorly implemented and rushed in its roll out and blamed for the deaths of the four installers as well as extensive property damage, including up to 220 house fires.

In one of the first moves of the Abbott government, a Royal Commission was established to find out what went wrong.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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