Russian mafia behind international push on asbestos building products, CFMEU claims
Updated January 30, 2017 16:52:49
The Russian mafia is the force behind a powerful international pro-asbestos lobby, a Senate inquiry in Brisbane has heard.
A Senate committee is investigating sub-standard and potentially lethal building products such as asbestos and how they are making their way into Australia.
Asbestos was found in several new buildings last year, including in metal skirting on the construction site of the Queensland Government’s new executive building.
Last July, fragments of asbestos were also found in roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Brad Parker from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) told the inquiry the lobby was one of the big challenges for the Oceania region.
“It’s commonly …