Senator Bilyk welcomed the news that the Senate Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Committee, of which she is a member, will be holding a public hearing in Hobart on Tuesday about the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill 2013.

“The effects of asbestos are still being felt in the Tasmanian community decades after asbestos stopped being installed,” said Senator Bilyk.

“Many people that mined and installed asbestos have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases,” said Senator Bilyk. “There is also a large potential for the future development of asbestos-related diseases amongst those who are currently renovating buildings where asbestos has been installed”.

The Committee will hear a wide variety of witnesses including the ACTU, ACCI, Asbestowise, Asbestos Free Tasmania, Workplace Standards (Tasmanian Government), and the Commonwealth Office of Asbestos Safety.

“These witnesses will be able to give the Committee an understanding of the asbestos related risks employees are facing, the prevalence of asbestos in the Tasmanian community, and the current provisions for the eradication of asbestos,” Senator Bilyk said.

The Public Hearing will be held in Committee Room 1, Parliament House, Hobart, on 23 April from 9:00am-3:30pm. More information on the inquiry can be found on the Committee’s website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=eet_ctte/index.htm
Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety