Andrews Labor Government confirms cuts to school asbestos removal program

On Wednesday in Parliament, the Andrews Labor Government confirmed they had cut their school asbestos removal program, which will affect local schools such as Langwarrin Primary School.


Local parents are rightly concerned that schools in the Hastings District and right across Victoria, might have asbestos and the Andrews Labor Government has cut the program to make sure these schools and their students are safe from any asbestos danger.


In 2014, Daniel Andrews promised to remove asbestos in all schools:


“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.”


But now we learn that the Andrews Labor Government has walked away from that promise by cutting this program.


Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Education, James Merlino have been quick this week to play politics over school funding, but they’ve been missing in action when it comes to their promise on removing asbestos in schools.


Instead of spending taxpayers’ money on political campaigns, the Deputy Premier, should just focus on his actually doing his job.


Comments attributable to Neale Burgess MP: State Member for Hastings


“Parents in the Hastings Electorate will be rightly horrified to hear that not only was deadly asbestos dust found to have covered students’ desks, chairs and belongings at a primary school in Essendon North but also that the Andrews Labor Government will no longer be funding the removal of asbestos from all state schools.


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


Local parents deserve an explanation about whether our schools have deadly asbestos and if they do, what action is the Premier going to take?  


It’s a pretty low act from Daniel Andrews to go to an election promising to remove asbestos from schools and then turn around after the election and cut that program. 


I’m going to keep on fighting for the Andrews Labor Government to restore this program so our local schools such as Langwarrin Primary in my electorate have classrooms that are safe.”