We’ve had two pieces of positive news in the last few weeks.
Firstly, the Australian Senate voted unanimously to call on the Government to ‘lobby for a change in policy to end the use of asbestos in Asian Development Bank financed projects’. The Government responded to the motion by saying that they’ll be lobbying for a prohibition on asbestos products in ADB projects next year.
This is big news!
But we still haven’t gotten a response from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Secondly, we’ve heard from the ADB that they’ll ‘refrain’ from using asbestos in projects from next year. We challenged the ADB on their funding of asbestos on ABC Radio and a bank spokesperson responded with this big news.
These are two great bits of news for the campaign, but we won’t stop pushing until we get firm commitments from Josh Frydenberg and the ADB on when and how they’ll stop funding asbestos.