Sweeney family welcomes offer of Federal Govt compensation

30 September 2014
A commitment this afternoon that the Federal Government will compensate the families of the victims of the home insulation scheme has been welcomed by the family of Mitchell Sweeney, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers said today.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Peter Koutsoukis said while specifics with regards to compensation were still to be worked through, the Sweeney family welcomed the Federal Government’s recognition of the loss of their son Mitchell, and the pain that this continued to cause.

“Obviously we still need to work through the details of any compensation arrangement, but the fact that the Federal Government have indicated today that they will be discussing options for compensation is very welcome,” Mr Koutsoukis said.

“No amount of compensation will ever bring Mitchell back, but the recognition today by the Federal Government that Mitchell’s death was avoidable is greatly appreciated by the Sweeney family.

“The Sweeney family are also pleased that the Government has outlined the further steps that will be taken to properly consider the recommendations made by Commissioner Hanger regarding the rollout of the insulation scheme.

“For the Sweeney family, the most important thing is ensuring that no other family has to go through what they have suffered and that lessons are learned from this tragedy,” he said.

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