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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26269


Senator NETTLE (9:50 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that James Hardie Industries was a significant producer of asbestos products in Australia, and

(ii) preliminary reports that James Hardie Industries may have deliberately underfunded its compensation scheme and moved its headquarters offshore to avoid or minimise its future compensation liabilities;

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) take all possible steps to ensure that James Hardie Industries pays full and fair compensation to the victims or the families of victims injured or killed by the asbestos products that James Hardie Industries produced, and

(ii) join local councils in boycotting all James Hardie Industries products and services until it is satisfied that all of James Hardie Industries' current and future compensation liabilities are met; and

(c) calls on all political parties to redirect any donations they have received from James Hardie Industries into a trust fund for these victims and their families.

Question agreed to.