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07
Mar

Andrews Labor Government confirms cuts to school asbestos removal program

In Parliament yesterday, the Andrews Labor Government confirmed they had cut their school asbestos removal program, which will impact local schools in the Forest Hill State electorate.

Local parents are rightly concerned that schools in Forest Hill might have asbestos and the Andrews Labor Government has cut the program that was to ensure these schools and their students are safe from any asbestos danger.

In 2014, Daniel Andrews promised to remove asbestos in all schools by stating the following:
“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.”

But now we learn that the Andrews Labor Government has walked away from that promise by cutting this program.

Daniel Andrews and James Merlino have been quick this week to play politics over school funding, but they have been missing in action 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 Neil Angus MP:

“Parents in Forest Hill will be rightly 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 an explanation about whether our schools in Forest Hill have deadly asbestos and if so, what the Andrews Labor Government is 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.

“I will keep fighting for the Andrews Labor Government to restore this program so our local schools in Forest Hill have asbestos removed.”

Media contact: Neil Angus MP 03 9877 5628 or neil.angus@parliament.vic.gov.au

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