Labor confirms broken promise on school asbestos removal

Education Minister, James Merlino confirmed in Parliament today that Labor has broken their promise to make all Victorian schools asbestos free.

In 2014 Daniel Andrews promised:

“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” and “classrooms have to be the safest place in the world for our kids, because they spend half their young lives inside of them.”

Daniel Andrews and James Merlino have been quick this week to play politics over school funding, but they’ve been missing in action on asbestos in schools.

Instead of spending taxpayers’ money on political campaigns, James Merlino should just focus on actually doing his job.

Parents across Victoria will be horrified to hear about revelations that deadly asbestos dust was found to have covered student’s desks, chairs and belongings at a primary school in Essendon North.

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and even limited exposure can prove to have serious health impacts, and can be fatal.

Victorian parents deserve an explanation about how this dangerous asbestos was able to enter into a space where children should be able to learn without their health being placed at risk.

Daniel Andrews has failed Victorian families. He said he would remove asbestos from Victorian schools, and yet under his watch this shocking incident has occurred.

The Government is all talk when it comes to removing asbestos, but when it’s time to deliver, Labor has failed Victorian families miserably.

Cindy McLeish MP

Shadow Minister for Education

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