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Asbestos Compensation - Too Late

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lawyers say asbestos disease victims are dying while they wait for legislative changes promised by the Tasmanian Government.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance says Labor made an election promise to introduce a bill during the Spring session of parliament for a special tribunal to hear compensation claims.

The Tasmanian President John Green says there is still no sign of the legislation, leaving people with asbestos related-diseases out in the cold.

"I know three or four people who've died waiting for the tribunal to be created. I mean, people who get mesothelioma, which is the asbestos caused cancer, die within six to 12 months unless they're extremely lucky," he said.

The State Government says it is committed to legislation that will provide compensation measures for asbestos victims.

The Workplace Relations Minister David O'Byrne says there have been constructive meetings with stakeholder groups.

He says a Regulatory Impact Statement will be released for comment next week and it is hoped work to draft the Bill will begin soon.

Reported by ABC News

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