If Labor is to be blamed for anything in the pink batts saga, it's the failure to enforce standards. But it's unlikely that the inquiry will examine systemic issues, writes construction expert John Giblin
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In the lead up to the third anniversary of independence, East Timor's powerful Catholic Church has called for Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to resign over a decision to end compulsory religious education in schools.
'The barges are white, they are square, and they look like containers. There are thirty-six slotted, framed panels on either side. And the barges are filled with men who have committed no crime, 760 of them.'
'There is nothing in the budget that appeals to our sense of collectivity, of being part of a generous wider society ... such as education, community services and health care. It has not used the gross budget surpluses to make Australia a more pleasant place to live for all, just some.'
'Because we do not set priorities, the money and resources are spread around with little coherence or priority. The community must not be shut out of important decisions about their health. The budget again ignores this problem.'