Unions NSW has called on the Baird and Abbott Governments to provide the funding necessary to implement the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation.

The Committee’s report found that the state government should buy and demolish homes with potentially deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation. Other recommendations contain a range of measures to protect workers and residents from being exposed to harmful asbestos fibres.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said all ten recommendations should be accepted and funded by the NSW Government, with federal government support as appropriate.

“We are calling on the Baird and Abbott Governments to make the necessary financial commitments to removing this devil’s dust from NSW homes and workplaces,” Mr Lennon said.

“While the cost would be significant, but the cost of inaction would be measured in human lives. The longer governments wait, the more people will die – it is unfortunately that simple.

“The Baird Government has recently stepped back on its commitment to removing asbestos from all government buildings by 2030. Yet these recommendations - from the government’s own parliamentary committee – demonstrate the need for a proactive approach to managing asbestos in the community.

“Asbestos exposure kills more than 1000 people a year across Australia. The Baird and Abbott Governments both need to start taking this issue seriously and do more to eliminate the risks of exposure.”

Full report and recommendations: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/0/45ee00489998bd3fca257db100018531/$FILE/Report Loose fill asbestos insulation.pdf

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