COMPENSATION PAYMENTS to families of those who died during the bungled home insulation program are expected early in the new year.
Barrister Ian Hanger QC has been appointed to mediate compensation for the program, which led to the deaths of four men and sent many businesses to the wall.
Mr Hanger found the deaths – of Queenslanders Matthew Fuller, 25, Rueben Barnes, 16, and Mitchell Sweeney, 22 and NSW man Marcus Wilson, 19 – were avoidable.
Queensland lawyer Bill Potts, who represented the father of Reuben Barnes, welcomed the news. “We welcome the fact that the Government is going to engage in transparent and open negotiations for compensation for the families who have so cruelly suffered the loss of their young men,” Mr Potts said.
“We hope the Government will match the high-flown rhetoric with generosity.”
It is understood the families are seeking $325,000.
Story by : Gold Coast Bulletin