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Employment Minister Eric Abetz: Reject the Commission of Audit recommendation that independent Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency be abolished

 

 

In order to save a small amount of money the Federal Government could be about to put Australian's lives at risk. The National Commission of Audit recommended last week that the independent Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency be swallowed by the vast Department of Employment and it’s governing Council be abolished as a budget saving measure.

The Agency and Council were set up last year with bipartisan support of the Parliament. The ASEA has the task of providing a nationally coordinated approach to improving asbestos education and moving towards the eradication of the deadly product. This is an important and vital role. That is why Minister Abetz must commit to keeping it.

Here are some facts about asbestos in Australia:

  • Asbestos is still found in millions of Australian homes and workplaces;
  • Australia continues to have the highest per capita rate of asbestos diseases in the world — with a death toll that has already exceeded 33,000 people — the loss of the independent national body set up to address the situation will have potentially deadly consequences for thousands of Australians;
  • Experts estimate that up to 40,000 Australians that have been exposed to asbestos will die from agonising asbestos-caused diseases. We believe that it is absolutely imperative that all efforts be made to protect the community from further exposure to asbestos;
  • The formation of an independent national agency was a key recommendation of the Asbestos Management Review.
  • The Agency’s formation enjoyed bipartisan parliamentary support;
  • The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council —made up of medical, legal, safety, industry and other experts, as well as asbestos disease related support group representation  — was formed to ensure this new agency had the best possible guidance for its challenging task;
  • The Agency has already begun to make a difference in the fight against asbestos disease, working towards a nationally consistent response to prevent the tens of thousands of future cases of asbestos related diseases predicted by medical experts;

The recommendation by the Commission of Audit would see Australia return to a patchwork approach.

the ongoing existence of a strong and independent body that is focused on coordinating asbestos issues nationally is essentially to turning the tide on this scourge.

 

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    signed 2015-05-04 13:08:51 +1000
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  • test actuonline
    signed 2014-12-04 19:35:05 +1100
    we need government action, there are people all around Australia living in asbestos deteriorating homes
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    signed via 2014-07-16 21:44:29 +1000
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    signed 2014-07-10 18:34:12 +1000
    How come the People do not get a say in Drastic Changes like this that effect the Voters Lives….We have a Government that can’t be Trusted by Anyone
  • test actuonline
    signed via 2014-06-13 06:41:46 +1000
    My father is dying from Asbestos cancer, the mine has not been closed ! This needs to be stopped.
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    signed via 2014-06-06 10:13:29 +1000
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    signed via 2014-06-06 06:08:57 +1000
    I have Asbostosis court whilst working on the Kwinana strip in the 70s & 80s.To date I’m doing ok but it wont last. In QLD we have bumber stickers from the Asbestos Society maybe WA should do the same.
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    signed 2014-05-28 17:59:37 +1000
    My union, the Missos, after we learned of Hardies’ lies that it was safe to work in an asbestos sheet/pipe factory, supported phasing out of asbestos production. We then had hundreds of members who eventually died. We struggled for compensation. The struggle goes on in the community as many citizens contract asbestosis. The key is prevention, so another Abbott closedown is a disgrace and has to be reversed.
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    signed 2014-05-27 22:29:06 +1000
    Abbot is a slave to big business and whoever voted for him is a damned fool.
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