Government abandons ambitious pledge to make schools 'asbestos free'

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Victorian government has backed down from its extravagant promise to remove all asbestos from Victorian schools.

Before the state election in 2014, the Labor party vowed to establish a $100 million fund to ensure that all Victorian government schools would be "asbestos free" by 2020.

Victorian Greens education spokesperson Sue Pennicuik said "the government should be sticking to their promise".

"There is no safe exposure to asbestos, it is extremely dangerous substance and it shouldn't be in schools."

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