In February of this year when a debate popped up in the media over the insulation program -- if one loosely defines "debate" as screeching "OMG!! YOUR HOUSES ARE ALL GOING TO BURN DOWN"  -- we thought that it might be worthwhile for someone to take their underpants off their head and have a squiz at what the data actually said.

What we found was that under every possible scenario, the government insulation program -- far from increasing the rates of fire occurring from installing insulation -- actually reduced the rate of fires and likely reduced the rate in a quite substantial manner.