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Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program

About the Commission

The Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program was established on 12 December 2013 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, on the advice of the Federal Executive Council.

Mr Ian Hanger AM QC has been appointed as the Royal Commissioner to inquire into the Australian Government's Home Insulation Program, in accordance with the terms of the inquiry. In particular, the Royal Commissioner is asked to consider:

  • the process by which the Australian Government made decisions about the establishment and implementation of the Program, including how workplace health and safety and other risks relating to the Program were identified, assessed and managed
  • whether the Australian Government had sufficient regard for risks, including workplace health and safety risks and whether the Australian Government dealt with warnings or information about risks adequately
  • whether the deaths of Mr Fuller, Mr Barnes, Mr Sweeney and Mr Wilson could have been avoided if the Australian Government had taken a different approach to identifying, assessing or managing workplace health and safety risk
  • the effects of the Program on the families of Mr Fuller, Mr Barnes, Mr Sweeney and Mr Wilson, and
  • the effects of the Program on pre-existing home insulation businesses.

The full terms of reference for the Inquiry are set out in the Governor-General's Letters Patent.

Mr Hanger is to provide the Governor-General with a report of the Royal Commission's findings and recommendations on or before 31 August 2014.

This report is to include recommendations about whether the Australian Government should change its laws, policies, practices, processes, procedures or systems to seek to prevent the recurrence of any failure identified by your inquiry.

The Commissioner

Ian Hanger AM QC

Mr Ian Hanger AM QC was admitted to practice as a Barrister in 1968, and is highly regarded as a leading commercial dispute resolution practitioner. Mr Hanger is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Professor of Law at Bond University. Mr Hanger was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1984 and a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

Counsel Assisting

Keith Wilson QC

Keith Wilson commenced practice at the Private Bar in 1986. Mr Wilson served as a Federal Magistrate between September 2006 and February 2010, at which point he returned to his practice at the Private Bar. Mr Wilson was appointed as a Senior Counsel in 2002, and re-appointed as a Queens' Counsel in 2013.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce and of Laws from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology.

Jonathan Horton

Jonathan Horton has been in practice at the private Bar since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Laws from University of Sydney and a Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

Mr Horton has previously acted as Counsel Assisting for a number of significant inquiries, including the Review of the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Act and related matters in 2012.