Senator Lisa Singh and Prime Minister
Julia Gillard Photo: Senator Lisa Singh’s official site
Tasmania Labor Senator, the Hon Lisa Singh has recently returned from the ANDEVA (National Association for Defending Victims of Asbestos) conference where she talked about the Government’s efforts in making the country asbestos-free. She also attended the rally for the ‘International Day for Victims of Asbestos’ last October 12 and 13.
In a CFMEU report, Senator Singh talked about her experience during the conference.
“It was an honour to be invited to address the conference in my capacity as an Australian Senator and co-convenor of the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD),” she told CFMEU.
“The conference and rally was attended by workers, unions, victims, politicians, medical professionals and anti-asbestos advocates from 20+ countries from six continents.”
During the conference, Senator Singh found that Australia is leading the way in addressing asbestos issues, taking into account the Gillard Government’s commissioning and response to the Asbestos Management Review.
“However, we have comrades in many countries who are yet to fully tackle this insidious substance and continue to need our support,” said Senator Singh.
CFMEU further reported that two documents were authored and agreed upon by working group in a roundtable session during the ANDEVA Conference.
- An appeal to the Brazilian Supreme Court: The Court was called on to expedite the judgment regarding the unconstitutionality of the federal law permitting the mining, sale, use and transport and export of asbestos. Brazil Declaration
- A letter to Premier Pauline Marois: Quebec Premier, who was in Paris at the time of the conference for meetings and was congratulated by conference delegates for the courageous position taken by her government in withdrawing the financial assistance promised to the Jeffrey (Asbestos) Mine.
Five thousand people attended the ANDEVA rally, which promoted the theme ‘For a world without asbestos.’
The Asbestos Management Review’s proposed National Strategic Plan includes Australia’s continuing leadership role in the global ban on asbestos.