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June 2014

June 2, 2014
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Bill Shorten backs plan for Australians to pay for asbestos certificates

Home owners and landlords will have to pay for asbestos certificates before selling, leasing or renovating properties, under a federal government proposal to be negotiated with the states.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten gave his personal backing to the asbestos-alert strategy.

He said one in every three homes built between 1945 and the mid-80s contain asbestos, a mineral fibre that can cause the lethal lung cancer mesothelioma.

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