All asbestos must be removed by 2030, says government report

A report commissioned by the Federal Government has called for the removal of all asbestos-containing materials from commercial and government buildings by 2030.

The report released last Thursday by Workplace Minister Bill Shorten is also calling for a national asbestos management body to be set up.

AAP reported that Mr Shorten warns of the possibility of a third wave of diseases related to asbestos exposure, saying that an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Australians will be diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases over the next 20 years.

“This ‘third wave’ includes men and women who built, renovated or demolished a house, garage or fence containing asbestos or those who innocently washed-asbestos-laden clothes,” said Mr Shorten.

Mr Shorten launched last July a brochure designed to help alert DIY renovators to potential areas where asbestos may be found and what asbestos may look like. In his foreword, the Minister said that despite workers’ tragic deaths from asbestos exposure, many Australians still believe asbestos no longer poses a danger.

He encouraged people who are planning to renovate their homes to seek the advice of qualified asbestos removalists if they have any doubts about the presence of asbestos.

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