NICK XENOPHON M.L.C.
INDEPENDENT NO POKIES
MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
24th March 2004
ASBESTOS ‘COWBOYS’ TO BE LASSOED IN WITH NEW LAW
TO CLOSE DEADLY ASBESTOS LOOPHOLE
Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon will introduce legislation into State Parliament today
to close a loophole that allows unlicensed sub-contractors to remove potentially
deadly asbestos from domestic building sites. The move coincides with the
announcement today of the setting up of a national Asbestos Research Trust,
being launched in
move follows representations made to him by residents in areas around
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
Licensed 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.
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.”
and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075
Written and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075