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Just like BER: more Labor waste in the Green Loans fiasco.



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The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage

Friday August 6 2010

Just like BER: More Labor Waste in the Green Loans Fiasco

Julia Gillard’s Government today admitted to more waste and mismanagement under its failed Green Loans program.

Earlier this week we revealed how the Labor Government was trying to send $50 cheques during the election campaign to people not even involved in the program.

This was a clear demonstration of fraudulent claims made by some Green Loans assessors in order to claim their $200 fee for carrying out home assessments.

Today, the Government quietly uploaded an advisory onto its Climate Change website that the Labor Government is now:

“…aware of a relatively small number of anomalies where a householder may have received a letter in error.” *1

Peter Garrett also used the same language about a relatively small number of anomalies in the early days of the pink batts disaster.

Today’s quiet admission confirms rorting and waste in yet another flawed Rudd-Gillard Government program.

Julia Gillard today said that stimulus programs like her BER represented “a trade-off between time and cost and quality”. But that was the same excuse she and Kevin Rudd used for pink batts and Green Loans.

The Rudd-Gillard waste, whether it’s in Green Loans, BER, or pink batts, simply cannot ever be justified.

Media Contact: John Deller on 0400 496 596

*1 www.climatechange.gov.au/media/whats-new/green-reward-letters.aspx