To: The Australian Government

End Illegal Asbestos Imports

The Government must support the interim recommendations of the inquiry into non-conforming building products to stop illegal asbestos imports. Australians know the dangers of asbestos and the devastating effect it can have on workers, families and communities.

Countries in our region look to Australia to be a global leader in best practice in the movement to ban asbestos. But the only way to make sure thousands of illegal imports don't end up in Australia each year is to make sure it's banned everywhere.

Asbestos. Not here. Not anywhere.

Why is this important?

Asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003 however every week illegal asbestos imports are stopped at our border. Some new asbestos products are also still making their way into our communities and workplaces in the form of building materials, car parts, children’s crayons and even home decorations. Once they inside Australia, it’s hard to detect them and then hard to get them removed without strong government regulation and enforcement.

As long as countries in our region such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, India and Cambodia continue to manufacture asbestos products, we will continue to get illegal imports.

Asbestos isn’t safe at any level of exposure. That’s why we’re supporting campaigns to ban asbestos throughout our region.

In November 2017 the Senate Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products delivered an interim report into illegal asbestos imports. The recommendations included:

• The Australian Government supporting asbestos bans internationally
• Increased prosecutions and penalties for illegal imports
• A whole of Government approach to ending illegal asbestos imports
• Funding for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
• More education and training on illegal asbestos imports
• Funding to adequately screen imports
• Compulsory recalls for consumer products containing asbestos

The Liberal and Nationals members of the Inquiry called the recommendations ‘overreach’. Though a response has been due since May, the Government is yet to respond.

We’re calling on the Government to support the recommendations of the inquiry, will you join us?

How it will be delivered

With your support we'll deliver this petition to the relevant Ministers.


Reasons for signing

  • Environmental exposure to asbestos decades ago in Aulnay-sou-sBois near Paris, France (due to as asbestos milling factory called CMMP) killed my grandmother and my Dad. Another environmental exposure killed my little Brittany spaniel... who was raised the first four months of his life in a breeding farm full of asbestos. ASBESTOS KILLS, MORE THAN EVER.
  • I am sick and tired of corporations of ripping off the community because of their greed to maximize profits!
  • I support the asbestos "not here, not anywhere" campaign. If successful it will will save lives in countries where asbestos is yet to be banned and here by stopping at the source the illegal importation of products tainted by asbestos which has skyrocketed in recent times.

Updates

2018-08-01 10:53:36 +1000

100 signatures reached

2018-07-31 21:13:56 +1000

50 signatures reached

2018-07-21 17:53:12 +1000

25 signatures reached

2018-07-17 14:06:01 +1000

10 signatures reached