Interim report tabled for asbestos importing inquiry

Interim report tabled for asbestos importing inquiry

We recently reported on the Australia Border Force's independent review of Australia's asbestos border control management. The Senate Economic References Committee, overseeing the inquiry, released an interim report stating that this issue must be a high priority for the government. The Committee is concerned about Australia's ability to effectively police our borders from the importation of asbestos products. The Committee contemplates further resources being allocated to address the current flaws enabling the products to pass our borders, and wants to explore how Australia can better deal with foreign governments to ensure asbestos products do not leave their shores for Australia. The Committee also raises the need for better information sharing between the Commonwealth, States and Territories. The Committee has recommended a further extension to the inquiry [g]iven the seriousness of the problem, the various areas of glaring weakness in the regulatory regime and the disjointed regulation of the use of building products, both manufactured in Australia and overseas . We will continue to monitor the inquiry.

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