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Stop the rorting and waste in Rudd's pink batts plan.



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Wed, 26th August 2009 STOP THE RORTING AND WASTE IN RUDD'S PINK BATTS PLAN

The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water

It is time the Rudd Government put a stop to the rorting and waste in their $3.9 billion pink batts plan and agreed to a full review into the scheme by the Auditor-General.

Scammers and fly-by-night operators are preying on vulnerable home-owners and leaving behind a trail of dodgy work and shonky financial practices.

Every day we are seeing new reports of how the pink batts cash splash is being wasted, like: • Horrified home owners discovering dodgy installations, such as batts dangerously placed over hot lights, batts simply stacked in the roof, and large areas of the roof left exposed

• Fraudulent and misleading quotations, such as quotes for all different roof sizes magically coming in just under the $1,600 rebate

• Quotes being carried out using Google Earth instead of proper on-site inspections

• People being subjected to cold-calling and door knocking by pink batts salesmen

• Pink batts installed in houses which already had insulation, which contravenes the guidelines

In their frenzy to line up for a photo opp with hard hat and orange vest, Mr Rudd and Mr Garrett have abandoned quality controls in their pink batts plan.

Taxpayers are being-ripped off for a program used by the Government for photo opps.

And all this, using billions of dollars of borrowed money.

Much of the billions borrowed by Kevin Rudd is being used to buy imported pink batts, meaning Labor’s stimulus debt is helping to create jobs in China.

Peter Garrett’s doing his best to pretend there’s no real problem here. The time has come for a full review into the rorting and waste in the pink batts scheme by the Auditor-General.

Australians won't stand for reckless spending. So with the Auditor-General already conducting an inquiry in the Julia Gillard Memorial Hall Plan, it is time the Government had the same spotlight placed over the pink batt spending.

I am urging anyone with concerns about the way Kevin Rudd’s $3.9 billion pink batts plan is being administered to send me details through www.greghunt.com.au I look forward to referring these matters to the Auditor-General and taking up these matters up in Parliament.