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Asbestos and the perils of an activist government

Asbestos and the perils of an activist government

The attempt to link Telstra's asbestos / NBN problem with the pink batts fiasco ignores the basic facts -- and the Coalition's own uncomfortable history on the issue. Think twice before you point the finger ...

Hold the panic: why it’s not really ‘death by NBN’

Hold the panic: why it’s not really ‘death by NBN’

Critics are up in arms about the discovery of asbestos in pits and ducts used by the NBN. But has the federal government done anything wrong? Telecommunications expert Richard Chirgwin digs deeper into the issue.

The week in Parliament: from the strategic heights to muddy depths

The week in Parliament: from the strategic heights to muddy depths

You weren't expecting high-minded policy debate in Parliament, were you? You only got muckraking, mendacity and malice this week. With barely an ounce of wit.

Villawood: asbestos still present despite government claims

Villawood: asbestos still present despite government claims

Sydney’s Villawood detention centre contains asbestos years after the federal government claims it was managed, according to a whistle-blower working at the site.

The unsexy cancer that no one wants to talk about

The unsexy cancer that no one wants to talk about

Mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos exposure, kills 600 Australians a year and the numbers are increasing. Michelle Smith writes about the painful and traumatic disease with few treatment options that's just killed her mum.

On seeking justice

On seeking justice

I'm not a vengeful person but I feel very ripped off to see that they won't experience anywhere near the level of suffering that I've been through. Why does their punishment have such an effect on my happiness? asks K.B.

Greg Baxter escapes the Hardie blame game

Greg Baxter escapes the Hardie blame game

The banning and fining of 9 blokes and Meredith Hellicar over the James Hardie debacle appears to have ignored the source of the original "fully funded" asbestos claims.

Supreme Court slams Hardie, bans directors

Supreme Court slams Hardie, bans directors

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has delivered significant penalties in the civil action brought by ASIC against various former executives and directors of asbestos manufacturer James Hardie.