The Royal Commission into the botched home insulation scheme continued today.

At the same time, the father of one of the installers who died during the program, helped launch a campaign to make sure fatalities never happen again.

Tom Armstrong reports.


The $1.38-million advertising blitz focuses on making Queenslanders aware of the hidden dangers of working in roof spaces.

The Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie says the strategy follows recommendations from a coronial investigation into three Queensland workers who lost their lives.

Jarrod Bleijie, Queensland Attorney-General: “It’s about making sure no matter what the circumstances are, people switch off their power, their main power, so we can try to make sure the deaths of the three gentleman in Queensland have not been done in vain.”

It will include TV, radio and billboard ads as well as brochures containing safety stickers for around the home.

Kevin Fuller, who lost his son, implores people to listen to the message.

Kevin Fuller: “If you go in that roof, and you get hurt, whether your male or female, young or old, the impact on your family, the impact on everybody that ripples from that is enormous.”

Former Rudd Government minister, Greg Combet, gave evidence to the Royal Commission this morning. Combet was responsible for winding up the defunct program after its suspension following the fourth death.

He oversaw safety-checking the homes already insulated and compensating insurers facing a loss.

Greg Combet, Former Labor Minister: “There was one thing in my mind and the government’s mind very clearly. That is to remediate the problems in the program and ensure there was safety delivered.”

Mr Combet told the commission he was worried further accidents may occur.

Greg Combet, Former Labor Minister: “I lived in constant fear and concern there may be a house fire in which people may be killed or injured.”

The Commissioner is due to deliver his findings next month.

Tom Armstrong, QUT News