Government reviewing steps taken towards ending asbestos imports

Government reviewing steps taken towards ending asbestos imports

Despite the 2003 Australia-wide ban on the importation of goods containing asbestos, they continue to slip through our borders. Part of the problem is that some countries classify goods as asbestos free even though they contain low levels of asbestos. In light of this, the Australian Border Force recently initiated an independent review of Australia's asbestos border control management. Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said the review will examine the internal processes and procedures for mitigating the risk that goods containing asbestos will enter Australia . In response to the announcement, Senator Lisa Singh, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, said it is clear asbestos products continue to be imported to Australia and the review is welcome but overdue. Senator Singh referred to several instances of asbestos being found in imported goods, including the compound used in cement boards imported from China. The review is expected to be completed by the end of this month and we will let you know of the outcome. Adviceline Injury Lawyers supports any measures taken by Government to eradicate the importation of asbestos products into Australia.

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