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Garrett admits need for pink batts investigation is 'bleeding obvious'



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Wed, 26th August 2009 GARRETT ADMITS NEED FOR PINK BATTS INVESTIGATION IS 'BLEEDING OBVIOUS'

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

Peter Garrett has today admitted that the need for an investigation into the rorting and waste of the Rudd Government’s pink batts program was stating ‘the bleeding obvious’.

Earlier today I called for a full inquiry to be held by the Auditor-General.

Asked about my call, Mr Garrett admitted the program was already facing huge question marks.

Responding to a question from a journalist about the need for the inquiry, Mr Garrett said it was stating ‘the bleeding obvious’.

However Mr Garrett still won’t commit to a full inquiry that specifically examines the growing number of complaints from the public about problems with the pink batts program.

This is a program which is haemorrhaging and it needs full, detailed and urgent attention now.

Instead, Mr Garrett will rely on a series of general ‘performance audits’ being carried out across a range of programs over the next two years.

Mr Garrett admits the ‘bleeding obvious’ need for his program to be fixed up. But he won’t agree to a specific and detailed inquiry into the growing body of evidence of rorts and waste in his pink batts program.

Hiding behind ‘performance audits’ that could take two years is no way to investigate shonky practices in a program, particularly when it is being funded by the Rudd credit card.

We need a full inquiry now that examines the specific and growing body of evidence of waste and rorting in this Rudd Government program.