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‘Pink batts’ inquiry set to begin

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A Royal Commission into deaths and injuries linked to the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme will start on Monday in Brisbane.

Four young men died while working on the roll-out of the so-called “pink batts” scheme set up in 2009.

Three of the men were Queenslanders Matthew Fuller, Rueben Barnes, Mitchell Sweeney and the fourth New South Welshman Marcus Wilson.

Their families believe the $2.8 billion program – implemented by then-prime minister Kevin Rudd to inject money into the economy during the global financial crisis – was rushed and lacked adequate safety standards.

The inquiry will also investigate the affect the program had on the reputation and profits of long-standing home insulation businesses.

Kevin and Christine Fuller lost their son Matthew in a pink batts-related accident. Credit: AAP

Heading the Royal Commission is barrister and commercial dispute resolution practitioner Ian Hanger, QC.

Mr Hange has until June 30 next year to provide a report of his findings and recommendations.