Workers on a roof made out of asbestos © 123RF
Workers on a roof made out of asbestos © 123RF

Fears over asbestos in Australian imported building materials

Adam Leach is a freelance business journalist
11 April 2016

Concerns have been raised about asbestos being imported into Australia in cheap building materials, with more than 50 sites thought to be affected.

While the importation of any materials containing asbestos has been banned for the past decade, investigations carried out by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) have led to the monitoring of buildings across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria, amid concerns that cheap imported materials from China have brought in the toxic substance.

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