The model in Phase 2 was not what had been proposed by DEWHA which had argued for the direct delivery of the program through a series of regional head contractors.
Staff at DEWHA believed that this deadline was dictated by PM&C and the Prime Minister himself in order to ensure a swift response to the GFC (Carter 2014: 8).
Civil servants in DEWHA have suggested that, from their perspective, it appeared that PM&C had chosen to target stimulus toward insulation primarily because it was an industry with low entry requirements for new employees (Carter, 2014: 10; Kruk, 2014: 10).
The dominance of the job creation goal of the program is reflected in the fact that the program was rolled out over a shorter period than recommended by DEWHA staff (two rather than five years).
Such an approach was proposed in the Wilkins Review (2008: 142) and was also the focus for discussion in DEWHA prior to the introduction of the HIP (Brunoro, 2014: 2,4; Levey, 2014: 6).
Although the Senate Committee was unable to deduce from the conflicting submissions of the bulk insulation and foil insulation representatives whether this was a serious problem, it did conclude that DEWHA should have ensured that home owners were given proper advice about the type of insulation that was most suitable for their region.
If Rudd and his 'gang of four' had truly repudiated neoliberalism and had embraced the idea of a socially democratic-driven recovery, then DEWHA might have been given the resources it needed to (successfully) manage the program directly.
Interview with DEWHA
Officials, supra note 238; see also Access to Biological Resources in Commonwealth Areas, supra note 238 (stating that Australia seeks to be a leader in the dynamic field of biodiscovery and, in partnership with indigenous people, biotech companies, research scientists and managers of biodiversity, the Australian, State and Territory Governments will ensure practices and advances in biodiscovery are sustainable, inclusive and rewarding).