The Baird Government must immediately reinstate the Dust Diseases Board and reassure victims they are not being abandoned.

The NSW Government secretly moved to abolish the independent body that has overseen compensation claims for asbestos sufferers and their families for decades.  

In that time, the Board has cared for and administered compensation to thousands of sufferers of dust-borne diseases across NSW.  

The Government’s decision to scrap the board is a cruel and callous act. It should do the right thing and reinstate it immediately.  

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The Dust Diseases Board has helped thousands of sufferers for decades and it continues to play a crucial role today.”

“This is cost cutting gone mad: there has been no debate or controversy over the existence of the Board, and not even a question mark over its performance.”

“The Minister talks about his desire for a scheme that looks after its customers. He should show some compassion; we aren’t talking about customers here but victims.”

“We call on the Government to reinstate the board immediately and reassure victims that it is not abandoning them just when they need it most.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Finance, Services & Property Clayton Barr

“This is an incredibly efficient board full of experts. It can assess and process a claim within 30 days and support the families that need it most – to scrap it is unfathomable.”

“Dust borne disease is not a distant memory or a problem that we have solved comprehensively. Right now, the community needs to see a government leading on this issue, not retreating from it or using the fund as a cash cow.”

“This Government likes to pretend it is compassionate, but this is a cruel and callous act that shows its true colours.”