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Proposed amendments to the laws pertaining to home asbestos victims may make it easier for them to seek compensation.
The potential changes would reform common law compensation for asbestos victims and their families not covered by workers comp– including home renovators.
President of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, Simon Cocker, called for improvements to compensation levels, and the time limits to apply for damages. Cocker recalled that companies had used the deadly material for decades in Tasmania housing prior to knowing it was a serious health risk.
“Tasmania has had a number of people die and suffer due to asbestos illness,” he said.
“We know that there is going to be more and we think that the system should deliver fair and reasonable compensation to these people, and it hasn’t.”
Mr Cocker remarked on the importance of providing home asbestos victims with fair compensation.
“People have been poisoned by asbestos for 40 years in Tasmania and it’s only fair and reasonable that they should have access to common law compensation if they don’t have a workers compensation claim.
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