The ABC brings us the rather intriguing news that the construction of the new ASIO HQ requires the removal of 35,000 tonnes of asbestos waste from the site. What’s odd is that, to the best of my knowledge (historians are free to correct me here) the site does not have, nor has it ever had anything on it. 35kT of asbestos waste is an awful lot to find anywhere, particularly a never-built-upon patch of earth. This leads me to jump, without any basis beyond wild speculation, to one of two conclusions. Either:
- The site was used for dumping when all the surrounding buildings were being constructed, or
- There’s a fair bit of interesting stuff underground there that nobody is meant to know about.
While the second option makes for a great story, I suspect the “we’ll use any open patch of ground as a dump” story is more likely.