Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Health Matters

Asbestos - a problem not going away

Australia has the highest per capita rate of asbestos related disease in the world.

  • As many as two out of three houses built between WWII and 1983 contain asbestos in Australia.
  • Every time asbestos cement fibro sheets are cut, sanded, drilled or knocked down, deadly dust is released.
  • Safe removal and management of asbestos is a growing problem in Australia, with a third wave of asbestos victims who have experienced non-occupational exposure.
  • Asbestos is banned, however, many asbestos sheets which were installed 30 – 40 years ago are now deteriorating and releasing harmful asbestos dust and fibre.
  • There is no dedicated Australian Authority to oversee a national strategy to improve asbestos awareness, management and disposal of asbestos to significantly reduce the deadly impacts.

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