National Action to Tackle Australia's Deadly Asbestos Legacy

April 03, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations introduced on 20 March legislation into Parliament to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. Minister Shorten said that Australia’s history of widespread use of asbestos has left a deadly legacy of asbestos-containing material in our built environment.

 “It’s been almost a decade since asbestos was banned in this country and still, today, the dangers of this silent killer remain. Asbestos is the worst industrial menace that will go on killing for decades,” Mr Shorten said.

 The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill 2013 will establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and will work with jurisdictions for a nationally consistent approach on asbestos eradication, handling and awareness, including environmental and public health issues.

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