Eric Abetz to decide if bureaucrats breached code on pink batts

Eric Abetz will examine whether senior bureaucrats in the Department of Environment breached their obligations in the handling of the home insulation rollout.

The federal government will examine whether Commonwealth bureaucrats breached their code of conduct in handling the botched home insulation program, the Prime Minister has announced.

In his response to the royal commission into Labor’s pink batts stimulus project, which resulted in the deaths of four installers, Tony Abbott said Eric Abetz, the minister responsible for the public sector, will “consider an appropriate way to assess the report’s findings about public servants against the Australian Public Service’s code of conduct”.

A spokesperson for Abetz told The Mandarin this morning his office will “provide advice on options to progress this matter and we will have more to say about this in due course”.

Abbott told Parliament yesterday the action is “not a witch hunt”, but:

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