The Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group arranged for Australian Labor Senator, Lisa Singh, to speak at its monthly meeting in Liverpool. Staff from Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool, Manchester & Halifax as well as from Pannone (part of Slater and Gordon) were in attendance.
Senator Singh is a driving force in pushing the Australian Government to address the appalling asbestos legacy in Australia. She co-founded the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, an advocacy group which campaigns to highlight the dangers of asbestos and provide help and support to sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.
Her interest in minimising the impact of asbestos-related disease continues in the Senate and she co-founded the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD) in 2011. This group allows Parliamentarians to come together to raise awareness and to stop the burden of asbestos related diseases.
As a result, in 2013 the Australian Government showed decisive leadership by establishing the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency in order to protect Australians and to work towards the elimination of asbestos related diseases. This was a positive step forward in creating a national approach to the eradication and handling of asbestos.
The Senator spoke on the plight faced by victims in Australia and reported on the global campaign to ban asbestos and deliver justice to its victims. The asbestos litigation team from Slater and Gordon in Australia have supported the Senator’s campaign for people affected by asbestos.
It was encouraging to hear about the very similar histories that our countries share as a result of this horrific industrial toxin and the fight that the Senator and our Australian colleagues at Slater and Gordon encounter. While Australians are experiencing their “Third Wave” of asbestos exposure, recent data released here in the UK suggest the fight is far from over, and perhaps we will also see the similar “Third Wave” in the UK soon.
At Slater and Gordon we are committed to the long fight ahead for people affected by exposure to asbestos, whether this exposure is recent or twenty, thirty or forty years ago. It is also empowering to know that there are representatives in Government, whether it be in the UK or Australia, who are also on the same page of this fight.
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