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08
Mar

Andrews Labor Government confirms cuts to school asbestos removal program

In Parliament today, the Andrews Labor Government confirmed they had cut their school asbestos removal program, which will impact local schools throughout Northern Victoria.

In 2014, Daniel Andrews made the following promise to remove asbestos in all schools:

“Under Labor, the asbestos will be gone, the risks will be removed and the portables will be replaced, because our kids health and safety means everything;”

and

“Classrooms have to be the safest place in the world for our kids, because they spend half their young lives inside of them.”

This has proven to be a hollow promise as parents are rightly concerned that local schools might have asbestos learn that the Andrews Labor Government has cut the program that protects our children from exposure to asbestos.

Daniel Andrews and James Merlino are quick to play politics over school funding but they have gone missing when it comes to their promise on removing asbestos in schools.

Instead of spending taxpayers’ money on political campaigns, James Merlino should just focus on actually doing his job.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“Parents right across my electorate of Northern Victoria will be horrified to hear that not only was deadly asbestos dust found to have covered students’ desks, chairs and belongings at a primary school in Essendon North but also that the Andrews Labor Government will no longer be funding the removal of asbestos from all state schools.

“There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and even limited exposure can prove to have serious health impacts, and can be fatal.

“Local parents deserve to know whether their children’s have deadly asbestos and if they do, what is the Andrews Labor Government going to do about it.

“It’s a pretty low act from Daniel Andrews to go to an election promising to remove asbestos from schools and then turn around after the election and cut that program.”

ENDS

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au  

 

 

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