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(generated from captions) New house fires linked to

insulation have prompted the

Federal Opposition to repeat

its demand that the government

immediately inspect all homes

that had insulation fitted as

part of its defunct rebate

scheme. The shadow Environment

Minister Greg Hunt says 240,000

homes remain at the risk of

burning down and for more Mr

Hunt joins us now from

Canberra. Thank you very much

for joining us. Good

morning. What evidence is there

that these latest fires that

have happened actually were as

a result of the insulation

scheme that the government

had? What we've seen so far is

now 106 house fires

acknowledged by fire

authorities as having been

derived from insulation related

fires. So those are figures

which have come from

authorities not from the

opposition. Yesterday's fire in

Malvern east was confirmed by

fire authorities as having been

caused by insulation. Most

significantly, one of the most

senior people in the

metropolitan fire brigade in

Melbourne has said that all

homes that have been fitted

with new insulation under the

program must be inspected and I

think that that is a warning

that government cannot ignore

when one of the most senior

fire executives in the country

says that this program is a war

zone and that all homes which

have been installed must be inspected. Have you done any

costings on how much that

inspection of all the homes

would cost? Well, the national

electrical and communications

association has been warning for some time now that there

had to be a full inspection

process and that the clean-up

cost of the government's

program would be in the

vicinity of $450 million. So we

every been warning about this.

Now we have very, very senior

members of the fire brigade

saying that the program is a

war zone, that there are houses

at risk. Problem will in fact

get worse, not get better as we

approach winter. And that all

houses should be inspected.

That's something we've been

saying. The government is in

paralysis over its home

insulation program. They cannot say whether all houses will be

inspected. They want to restart

the program but they don't want

to fix up the dangerous and

dodgy roofs which are out

there. Clearly you're repeating

what fire authorities have said

about it being a war zone.

There are clearly hundreds of

thousands of people involved in

this who might be wonder being

their roofs.? The best anything we --

thing we can do to ensure this

there is public confidence is

for the government to commit to

inspecting all of the homes. We

know from government evidence

to the Senate inquiry that

there are approximately 240,000

dangerous or dodgy insulation

job thes out of a million. And

that's without even counting

the 50,000 foil houses. So

that's one in four houses has

either a dangerous or

substandard insulation job. And

that is a very, very

significant thing, particularly

in light what have is now 106 confirmed insulation fires.

What is now a statement by one

of the most senior fire brigade

executives in the country that

all homes must be inspected. So

we want the government and we

expect the government and the

Prime Minister today to confirm

that all homes will be inspected. Your message today

will be overshadowed somewhat by Peter Costello's commentary

this morning. It wasn't very

helpful for the opposition, was

it? Look, our issue is with

the government. We have made a

bold step and I fully support

and I absolutely endorse the

idea that we want to expand the

paternal leave arrangements. We

want to achieve a movement from

18 to 26 weeks and to provide

better entitlements and we

think that's a good thing for

Australia and that is the

argument we're having with the government. Kevin Rudd is

opposed to those expanded

arrangements and has yet to

even bring in the Bill which he

promised which is now well

overdue. You may want to put

pressure on the government but

Peter Costello's comments from

put presh pressure on the

opposition haven't they? I have enormous respect for

everybody's right to their

views. Our fight is with the

government. We want 26 weeks.

They want 18 weeks. We're

unapologetic about that battle.

It is about giving families the

best chance at the best start

in life and I think that's a

good thing. It has surprised a

few people. But that is tact.

He is courageous and he is

strong and he has views and he

is not afraid to lead. And make

decisions. When you say he is

not afraid to lead, Peter

Costello would describe that as

being against the very nature

what have the Liberal Party

stands for? Robert Menzies set

us up as a progressive party a

long while ago. He said "I

cheese the name Liberal because

I want us to be a progressive

party." Tony has taken a

policy which both endorses families, which goes right to

the core of our philosophy.

It's about endorsing and

strengthening the foundations

of our society, of our

community and of our families

and at the same time, it is a

socially progressive policy

which is surprising some

people, and I think it's a good

thing. I think it's a decisive

step forward and if you want to

compare Tony Abbott with Kevin

Rudd, Kevin Rudd promised

changes two years ago, two and

a half years ago, and has yet

to even bring in his legislation. Tony made a

decision. We back him. We

support him. But above all else

it was a sense that this is a

person prepared to lead. You

say that you're prepared to

lead, but also, do you think

that Peter Costello's comments

reflect the fact that you might

have alienated your very

heartland? Nobody wins support

from everybody on any

worthwhile decision. Anything

which is challenges, which is

decisive, does take some

courage and Tony is a person of

conviction and courage and

decision-making ability and it

contrasts extraordinarily with

the Prime Minister who is

literally as we see every day

increasingly about all talk and

no action, and I think that

that is the Prime Minister.

He's talking a lot. His

legislation is 2.5 years

overdue. Tony's made a

decision. He set out the vision

in his his book. He has argued

the case. It's about taking a

decisive step forward in terms

of strengthening the

foundations of a society, a

community and of families. Greg

Hunt in Canberra, thanks very