Risky business: home insulation, gung-ho policy and the endless fallout

By Richard Mulgan
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:25pm, first published October 3 2014 - 12:48pm

The Rudd government's ill-fated home insulation program is set to become the most closely examined program in the Australian Public Service's history. The latest contribution is the report of the royal commission conducted by Ian Hanger, QC, released at the end of August. At over 300 pages, with 12 appendices, it is the most comprehensive account to date of a program founded in good intentions but fatally flawed in implementation, which helped to bring down Kevin Rudd's prime ministership and still dogs the Labor Party's reputation.

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