NT bringing asbestos control closer
Asbestos control will soon be covered under in the Northern Territory’s Public and Environmental Health Act.
For many, it is a sign that the NT Government is doing more to manage asbestos in the Territory.
Asbestos control is likely to become the responsibility of the Northern Territory Government after a motion passed at the recent 2017 NT ALP conference.
“The Northern Territory Government takes the asbestos issues seriously and will consider all of the concerns raised at this weekend's Labor conference,” NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles told reporters after the summit.
CFMEU organiser Roley Cummins - who was one of many protesting the lack of action on asbestos at the conference - was critical of NT WorkSafe.
“We want unions and asbestos experts to sit down and come up with the plan along with the NT Labor Government,” Mr Cummins said.
“WorkSafe have been asleep at the wheel on this issue for a very long time.
“They've allowed council [Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation] to try and potentially remove the asbestos, which pretty much was swept under the carpet and they didn't do anything about it.”