Peter Garrett is in all sorts of strife, over the deaths caused by unsafe foil roof insulation installations under a Federal Government programme.
Writing at The Stump, Bernard Keane argues that the Opposition’s pursuit of Garrett has been lacklustre. A range of commentators have been reciting something along the lines of “ministerial scalps don’t come on a platter” (sometimes accompanied by hilariously clever remarks about Garrett’s bald dome).
Yet none of this goes to the question of whether Garrett *should* resign.
Central, here, I think is the fact that his department was alerted to the possible adverse consequences on several occasions before the scheme went ahead, by both the NECA and state bureaucrats.
Garrett also has form, the ANAM debacle might suggest, for not exercising much oversight of his department.
And the Howard government was regularly criticised for Ministers offloading responsibility for maladministration onto public servants.
Update: Chris Bowen provided the government’s defence of Garrett on tonight’s Lateline.
Elsewhere: Legal Eagle.