OK here is the deal. Why do asbestos campaigners and labour unions only target private businesses for compensation? It is said that these businesses knew about the dangers but continued to profit the deadly products. But where was the government? Why didn’t the government step in and ban these products earlier? As a minimum we should investigate what the government knew about the dangers of asbestos at the time and why they didn’t outlaw its use.
Trust me, I am not one for government regulation. But the governments are only to eager to regulate our lives for our own “safety”. It is only fair that the victims should be entitled to know what the government knew about the dangers at the time and why they didn’t ban asbestos. Compensation may also need to be considered.
Call me a conspiracy theorist but the cosy relationship between the unions and the ALP may have something to do with the fact nobody asked these question of our government before.