The Home Insulation Program: an example of Australian government failure

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Kortt, MA & Dollery, B 2012, The Home Insulation Program: an example of Australian government failure, Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 65-75.

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The public concern surrounding the Australian Government Home Insulation Program (HIP) continues despite the abrupt termination of the program in the light of its deleterious safety consequences and fiscally wasteful management. This enduring unease has been reflected in a variety of official inquiries and reports including the Hawke Review (2010) , an inquiry by the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee (2010), a performance audit by the Commonwealth Auditor-General (2010) and two Departmental annual reports (DCCEE 2010; DEWHA 2010). Taking into account this body of evidence, we argue that the HIP represents an example of government failure, which, in turn, led to a range of unintended 'human costs' including the tragic deaths of four young installation workers.Moreover it is also argued that, in future, programs like the HIP are best administered by state/territory and local governments which are often best placed to deliver 'on the ground' services.