7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday June 20th
- Fluffy Families – Mr Fluffy is a company that pumped deadly loose fill asbestos into 1050-odd Canberra homes in the 1960s and 70s. A $100-million federal govt program was supposed to have cleaned it up in the 80s/early 90s. Families are now being told their homes may not be safe and houses in Queanbeyan and south east NSW may also be affected. Interviews with families affected in Canberra, others talking about potential scale of problem in Queanbeyan and further afield, archives of old Stateline stories on asbestos issues showing Mr Fluffy was also in houses at the South Coast, interview with the head of the federal asbestos safety agency saying all the Mr Fluffy houses should be demolished. Chris Kimball reporting.
- Simon Corbell’s Response – Interview with ACT Workplace Safety Minister Simon Corbell regarding the Mr Fluffy issue. He is shifting a lot of blame to the Commonwealth and is highly critical of the head of the federal safety agency. Interview with Chris.
- Third Wave – We revisit a 2012 story about so called ‘Third Wave’ asbestos health related impacts. Personal stories of those who have lost family members to asbestos related diseases. Warnings about lack of asbestos awareness in home renovation. Adam Shirley is the reporter.
This weeks photo is by Canberra photographer ‘the kayak-cameraman’ Paul Jurak… his unique perspective of dawn at Lake Burley Griffin.