Dangerous broken asbestos in 1000 public schools
More than 1000 of the state’s public schools contain potentially deadly asbestos, an analysis of the Education Department’s asbestos register has revealed.
The worrying statistics were revealed in NSW parliament on Wednesday, with Labor outlining an audit they had conducted that shows 109 schools had “friable asbestos” — a type which easily crumbles when touched.
Another 988 schools have “damaged” asbestos, which means it is breaking down and could pose a risk to children.
The figures were revealed at a hearing of Budget estimates for the department, with Education Minister Sarah Mitchell grilled about the issue by Labor’s Courtney Houssos.
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