Monday, December 27th, 2010
Today the peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), repeated its call for the government to publicly release the details of safety inspections on homes that received insulation under the failed Home Insulation Program after more problems were identified in South Australia and Victoria this week.

It was revealed this week that more than 12,000 South Australian houses were worked on by unlicensed operators during the bungled program and in Melbourne a resident received alarming news from inspectors that there was a risk of fire 13 months after the insulation was installed.

NECA chief executive officer, Mr James Tinslay, said that in light of these latest reports the government must understand the need to release results of the inspections so that residents and the electrical industry know how big the problem really is to fix.

“NECA is again calling on the government to come clean on the inspection figures. Reports continue to roll in of the potential dangers resulting from the catastrophic Home Insulation Program and there is no excuse not to release this information,” Mr Tinslay said.

“NECA was the first organisation to warn the government about the risks involved in the failed program as early as March 2009 and now over 18 months later the electrical industry and importantly residents are still in the dark about the very real dangers in ceilings across Australia”.

“As time goes by the position seems to deteriorate in terms of the potential risks to residents, other tradesman and anyone that might ever climb into a ceiling in the future and the public deserve to know.”

The incident in Melbourne where a resident had cause for serious alarm after an inspection highlights the impact that this can have on lives of people who accepted the governments offer of heavily subsidised insulation in good faith.

The fact 12,000 South Australian houses were worked on by unlicensed operators shows the level of failure of the Home Insulation Program.

“NECA appreciates the fact that this is a massive rectification program but cloaking the figures in secrecy does not provide confidence in the process”.

“No more excuses – let’s get the facts in the open so we all know what we are dealing with,” Mr Tinslay said.

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National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA

NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide. NECA was the first organisation to warn the government about the dangers of the insulation program.
Mr James Tinslay - NECA CEO
P: 02 9439 8523
M: 0411250187


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