Asbestos Death Estimates Shared at Australia Inquiry

May 07, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Asbestos is expected to kill up to 40,000 Australians in the next 20 years, a grim statistic shared during a recent government inquiry into proposed legislation to eradicate this public health menace.

The Inquiry into the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill took evidence in Hobart on 23 April from a range of groups with experience with the deadly building material, which is capable of causing fatal diseases even years after fleeting and minor exposure.

David Clement, President of Asbestoswise, said the age of mesothelioma patients was becoming younger as people carrying out home renovations were exposed.

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