Health: policy to support the banning of asbestos in NZ?
The NZCTU is campaigning to end the use of asbestos in NZ, due to its well-established health risks, and to get government to enact a clean-up plan for asbestos in our built environments:
I believe the NZ Pirate should support this campaign, and enact an anti-asbestos policy along the lines of what the CTU is proposing.
[deactivated account] Mon 8 Jun 2015 4:02AM
We should point out our support for the CTU while their president is suffering lung cancer.
Regardless of whether people support their union cause or not, I think that Helen Kelly is going to raise the profile of health issues while she still can, and that we should back the CTU in their public health campaigns.
Poll Created Mon 8 Jun 2015 4:04AM
Asbestos and Lead removal Closed Mon 15 Jun 2015 11:07AM
The Pirate Party of New Zealand moves that Asbestos and Lead paint should be removed from all residential, commercial and public property by 2025.
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4 of 20 people have voted (20%)
Mon 8 Jun 2015 4:06AM
Both asbestos and lead paint cause numerous health problems, namely cancer, and brain development issues.
Mon 8 Jun 2015 9:05AM
The removal needs to be done carefully, according to best practice, to avoid environmental contamination, and to ensure the safe disposal of all toxic waste created in the process.
Mon 8 Jun 2015 10:49AM
I am shocked to learn that asbestos is still in use in Aotearoa NZ. Care in it's removal is paramount - but otherwise: the earlier it is removed the better.
Tue 9 Jun 2015 8:10AM
As long as the removal does not lead to unintended consequences like hardship for poor people and a reduction in the housing stock.
Ben Vidulich Wed 24 Jun 2015 11:24AM
My grandfather was a builder who installed asbestos at some point in his life. He recently died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma - a cancer in the lining of his lung. Not all pleasant, so while I missed voting on the proposal I absolutely say 👍.
Andrew Reitemeyer · Sat 6 Jun 2015 8:22PM
I agree - bit late for this event but we can support actions by the NZCTU that come within our remit. Health and safety does IMO as public health is essential to a flourishing democracy in the sense that people worried about their health. I would like to see us support them in resisting the watering down of the changes to health and safety legislation by the government - especially as this was in response to Pike River.