​More toxic materials found in schools; Labor-Greens fail to act


The discovery of toxic material at another Canberra public school is a major concern that needs to be addressed quickly by the Labor-Greens Government.

Shadow Minister for Education Jeremy Hanson is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of students and staff at Richardson Primary School, where dust containing toxic lead particles was found in heating ducts connected to the library, classrooms, and school hall.

Mr Hanson said the number of public schools in Canberra that have now been found to contain toxic contamination is alarming, and the result of 20 years of neglect from this Labor-Greens government.

“Students and staff deserve schools that are safe. Parents should be able to send their children to school with peace of mind that they will not be exposed to toxic material,” he said.

“The response from the government has been slow and inadequate. We continue to call on the Education Minister to immediately publish the full list of schools affected by lead paint and asbestos issues.

“There are many Canberra parents, staff and children who are deeply concerned however there does not appear to be any real action from the Labor-Greens government to rectify the situation.”