New legislation a key step in fight against asbestos
20 March 2013
Media contact - Jade Thompson
The introduction of legislation today to help establish an Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is a welcome step forward in the national fight against asbestos-related disease.
Maurice Blackburn Principal Andrew Dimsey said asbestos legislation introduced today by Minister Bill Shorten was positive and would help to further strengthen efforts to reduce the burden of asbestos-related disease in Australia.
"Sadly, the legacy of the use of asbestos in Australia will continue to remain with us as long as asbestos material is still in the built environment," Mr Dimsey said.
"That's why it is imperative that we take every step necessary to eradicate asbestos now, and the establishment of a dedicated Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is an important step in this process.
"The human impacts of asbestos still remain very real for too many Australians, with two people on average each day being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
"This includes people who worked directly with asbestos many years ago, right through to people today undertaking home renovations.
"We still have a long road ahead in the fight against asbestos-related diseases and reducing asbestos exposure, a fight that will require continuing efforts and cooperation across all levels of Government.
"The introduction of key legislation today is another important step in this process and we hope the momentum for change in this area continues," he said.