NICK XENOPHON M.L.C.
INDEPENDENT NO POKIES
MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
1st March 2004
ASBESTOS ‘COWBOYS’ TO BE LASSOED IN WITH NEW LAW
Move to close Loophole which allows asbestos removal to take place by
Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon will introduce legislation into State Parliament later
this month to close a loophole that allows unlicensed contractors to remove
potentially deadly asbestos from domestic building sites.
move follows representations made to him by residents in the Campbelltown
Council area who were alarmed over recent demolition works of houses riddled
with asbestos – with reports of dust and debris blowing off the sites.
current Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations (4.2.4) no licence
is required to remove an asbestos – cement (fibro) product or other
non-friable asbestos – containing material that covers less than 200 square
current law that applies has a loophole that allows unlicensed operators to
literally drive a truck through”.
medical evidence is overwhelming, there is no minimum safe level of asbestos
exposure, and the consequences of such exposure can be fatal”.
asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, can strike up to 40 years after exposure
asbestos removal operators are required to take significant precautions to
prevent this material from escaping from building sites, to use monitoring
equipment on the site, place appropriate signage, as well as using vacuum
Xenophon said he expected State Government support for the move, given Labor’s
previous track record in supporting victims of asbestos exposure.
“When in Opposition Mike Rann and Michael Wright strongly supported changes to the law that I introduced for the families of asbestos victims to receive damages even after the victim had died. Mike Rann and I are both patrons of the Asbestos Victims Association of SA, and I look forward to working with the Government to bring about changes to the law on asbestos removal that are long overdue.”
Written and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075