Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Asbestos ‘repairs’ will leave a disgraceful legacy

Ruth
DYSON
Port Hills MP

9 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Asbestos ‘repairs’ will leave a disgraceful legacy

Christchurch-based Labour MP Ruth Dyson has called for an urgent response from the Government following news that asbestos in the ceilings of more than 4000 earthquake damaged homes will be left encased behind plasterboard rather than removed.

“We have watched the tragic trail of events which culminated in the huge loss of life with the CTV building collapse. Now, we are witnessing the beginning of another trail, one that unless it is dealt with sensibly, looks set to become a potentially fatal legacy.

“EQC has stated that a working group, chaired by an independent health and safety consultant, developed its asbestos policy. That person needs to be publicly accountable for this latest decision and should, at the very least, be named.

“The agency further said it was following the relevant guidelines by encasing the asbestos. This is incorrect. The practice is a direct contravention of the guidelines.

“EQC are notifying the current property owners of this policy of encasement, giving the owners no choice of removal. That in itself is unfair. However, future owners will receive no official notification of the exercise and that is worse than unfair.

“This is obviously about saving money, but at what cost? It is risking lives. The practice must stop.”

She said a register should be established to identify all homes which have encased asbestos, with those properties remaining on the register until the asbestos was removed.
“People in leadership positions need to be accountable for their decisions and the consequences of their actions. The Government needs to step up and do something about this now.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news