CLP yet to respond on calls for asbestos elimination
‘NO RESPONSE FROM CLP ON NT ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT’
Chief Minister Terry Mills has yet to respond to a call by Unions NT to commit to reducing exposure to asbestos risks for children, government employees and the wider community.
Unions NT Secretary Alan Paton stated that this is an important health and safety concern for the whole community.
Unions NT is calling on the Chief Minister for a commitment for the adoption of a timeframe to eliminate asbestos from the NT environment and the formation of a bipartisan parliamentary support group to effectively manage the safe removal and disposal of this deadly material asbestos.
The NT has and will continue to play a strong role locally and nationally to eliminate asbestos from the Australian built environment over the next 20 to 30 years starting with three priority actions including:
· Removing the risk to children in our schools by 2020;
· Elimination of asbestos exposure of employees from all government buildings by 2025; and
· Ensuring that commercial, retail and residential premises in the NT are asbestos free by 2030
Unions NT have also called upon the Chief Minister and Opposition Leader to develop a parliamentary group to drive a bipartisan approach to the elimination of asbestos from the NT built environment.
“Such groups have been established in other jurisdictions throughout Australia” said Mr Paton. “This task requires commitment from parliamentarians to effectively eliminate this risk to the NT community which only reaps distress, disability and death if this is not addressed”
The recent release of the Commonwealth’s National Asbestos Review report is providing renewed impetus for Governments and industry to effectively deal with asbestos concerns and the pending explosion of new asbestos related illness and disease claims throughout Australia. In the NT there is also a lack of asbestos burial sites which is a major concern.
Political leadership on these issues needs to be bipartisan and should include the adoption of timeframes, priority areas and funds to meet those proposed actions which are expected and will more effectively encourage industry and the community to come on board and act to free our environment from the deadly risks of asbestos related illness for the community.
For further information contact Alan Paton at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0427415713.
Published: 05 Dec 2012
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