The employer of a Queensland teen who was electrocuted working under a government insulation scheme has appeared in court charged with perjury.
The employer of a teenager who died under the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme has appeared in a Queensland court charged with perjury.
Christopher Jackson, 51, is accused of lying to a coronial inquest that investigated the deaths of three insulation installers under the botched federal scheme.
The youngest victim was Rueben Barnes, 16, who was electrocuted while laying batts in the roof of a house at Stanwell, in central Queensland, on November 18, 2009.
Jackson, his employer, is accused of falsely telling the Queensland inquest in March last year that he inspected Mr Barnes’ work site on the morning of his death.
Jackson appeared briefly in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday charged with giving false evidence.
His case was adjourned until July 23.
Fellow Queenslanders Matthew Fuller and Mitchell Sweeney, and Marcus Wilson from NSW, also lost their lives working under the Labor government’s $2.8 billion stimulus program.
A royal commission into the scheme is due to deliver its report by August 31.