SBS World News Australia, November 7, 2013
*Second lead story on SBS World News Australia’s 6pm bulletin
The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s decision to temporarily scrap a levy on asbestos waste being sent to landfill sites.
At least ten local government areas will take part in next year’s 12-month trial, which aims to reduce the amount of asbestos dumped illegally across the state.
However the Foundation’s president, Barry Robson, says it’s only one step in preventing asbestos-related deaths in Australia.
He wants to see all Australian states and territories permanently adopt amnesty days, which would allow people to dispose of asbestos waste at tips and landfill sites at no charge.
It’s a move he says has been highly successful at reducing illegal dumpings of asbestos in Western Australia.
Mr Robson spoke with Brianna Piazza.