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Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon raised concerns about the broken promise by the Andrews government to make all Victorian government schools asbestos free by 2020.
In the 2015-2016 Victorian Budget, the Government has allocated $42 million towards their asbestos removal program.
Advice from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development confirmed that about 1200 government schools contain asbestos. Furthermore, the advice estimated the cost to remove this asbestos is projected to be $800 million.
For the Andrews Government to achieve its promise of making all government schools asbestos free by January 2020; it would have to start removing asbestos in September 2015 at a rate of 23 schools per month. Furthermore, the cost of this removal is projected to be $15.4 million per month.
Quotes attributable to the Andrew Katos MP – Member for South Barwon
“Daniel Andrews needs to explain to Victorians how he plans to deliver on his promise to make all Victorian government schools asbestos free by 2020.
For the Premier to deliver this, he would have to start removing asbestos at a rate of 23 schools per month. Further, the government would have to spend at least $15 million every month.
It is clear that the Premier has no plan to deliver on this commitment. It seems clear that this will be yet another broken election promise.