To: Peter Dutton, Minister for Border Protection

Stop Asbestos importation now!

My name is Ron and I have asbestosis. I was exposed to asbestos when I worked as a brick layer.

Importation of asbestos into Australia was banned in 2003.
But, everyday, asbestos is being imported into Australia because business and government fail to adequately check for asbestos in imported goods.

I don't want any other worker to be put in danger like I was.

Toughen up our customs laws to protect workers and families from imported asbestos.

Why is this important?

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Every time asbestos is imported into our country, it’s like playing Russian roulette with the lives of our workers. If asbestos remains undetected, then the long term health of the community is also put at risk.

Over 2,500 people are diagnosed with asbestos related diseases in Australia each year and the number is rising. Australia has the highest rates of the deadly disease, mesothelioma, in the world and without strong action to stamp out the importation of asbestos, the plague will continue.
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Reasons for signing

  • We need to protect our health at work.
  • Greedy, selfish practices should not be rewarded with a contract to supply goods. There is no integrity if you care less about the products you are purchasing for public spaces.
  • In the course of my work I come into contact with Asbestos & other hazardous materials daily; government should really toughen up on the importation predominantly from China / India - they should employ people to sample analyse 'suspect' materials / products arriving. They also need to be tougher on our free trade deals with regard to this.

Updates

2016-06-28 16:49:41 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-04-04 12:57:23 +1000

500 signatures reached