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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10208


Senator SINGH (Tasmania) (12:01): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) formally marks National Asbestos Awareness Week, which in 2012 is being held between 26 November and 30 November;

(b) acknowledges the ongoing and devastating legacy of asbestos on the Australian community and that Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos related diseases in the world;

(c) recognises the ongoing efforts of the many asbestos support and advocacy groups and unions which support those living with an asbestos related disease and advocate on behalf of victims;

(d) extends its sympathies to those who have been affected by an asbestos related disease;

(e) acknowledges Australia's ongoing work with like minded countries to achieve listing of chrysotile asbestos under the rules of the Rotterdam Convention; and

(f) commends the Government on its efforts to eradicate asbestos from workplaces, homes and the community through its response to the Asbestos Management Review and the establishment of the Office of Asbestos Safety.

Question agreed to.