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Toxic waste threatens over 150,000 Australian sites

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Australia has more than 150,000 sites that are potentially contaminated with toxic waste, and experts say that only a tiny fraction of them are being cleaned up to remove the risk to human health. Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation, Professor Ravi Naidu, told ABC’s The World Today that most of the sites are in urban areas and pose a serious threat to human and environmental health. “Australia has 160,000...

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Doctors brace for 40 years of asbestos illness

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Do-it-yourself home renovators are regularly exposing themselves and their children to cancer-causing asbestos, a study of NSW residents has found. Experts say the disturbing findings show that, despite repeated warnings, Australians are still not protecting themselves from asbestos-related diseases. “It’s a horrible disease but it’s completely preventable.” The study of almost 860 people who recently completed a do-it-yourself renovation found more than 61 per cent said they had been exposed to asbestos. More than one...

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What Building Inspection Reports Don’t Cover

Posted on February 3, 2008 by | 12 Comments
 by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Home buyers must always ensure, when contracting subject to satisfactory building inspection reports, that adequate time has been provided for this in their contracts. In my experience, the ideal time is 30 days from the contract date.  This allows for the inspector to make his inspection, prepare his report, deliver the report to you, and for you to consider it.  30 days also allows time for any...

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Two Tales Of Toxic Waste – Civil Action Versus Civic Action

Posted on May 4, 2007 by | 0 Comments
OPINIONby Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.BSolicitorConsumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au “It’s a gold mine,” says actor John Travolta playing real-life attorney Jan Schlichtmann in the movie A CIVIL ACTION. “Yeah, fools’ gold,” muttered former Kingston resident Thelma Towers in a suburban cinema. For Thelma Towers the futile nine year legal battle waged on behalf of eight families from working class Woburn was all too reminiscent of the toxic waste wars she and other Kingston residents had to fight...

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