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Local safety concerns: Labor's bungled home insulation

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Local safety concerns: Labor’s bungled home insulation

Mrs Rosemary O’Donnell from Mooroopna continues to suffer the effects of the Labor Government’s disastrous Home Insulation program with $14,481.50 damage to her home, and the destruction of her furniture, curtains and carpet.

Mrs O’Donnell was badgered into having insulation installed in her ceiling in January. Just 4 days later the ceiling collapsed, causing terrible damage to the rooms below.

Eventually the installers arranged repairs, which were shoddy and unprofessional and resulted in further damage to her home.

Almost 6 months later, Mrs O’Donnell who is recovering from a stroke and injury to her knee caused by her trying to deal with the damage to her home and is still waiting for a ceiling inspection.

In parliament yesterday, Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray brought Mrs O’Donnell’s situation to the attention of the House.

“I wrote to the Minister Greg Combet in March. He was the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency at the time. I requested an immediate safety inspection and proper compensation for Mrs O’Donnell.

“I was shocked to receive a reply from the Minister, five months later, saying the work had been completed and that Mrs O’Donnell no longer wanted a safety inspection.

“Ms O’Donnell has told me she still desperately wants an inspection of her home. She is very concerned that more of the ceiling will fall down and she is concerned for her own safety.

“The damages bill has still not been paid.

“This situation is a disgrace. I called on the Labor Minister to intervene immediately, and help Mrs O’Donnell reclaim a safe home,” Sharman Stone said.

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