back in the news: asbestos...
Some Sydney homes may have also been insulated with the same dangerous form of asbestos that was pumped into the so-called Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra.
The Mr Fluffy insulation company installed loose-fill asbestos in the roof spaces of more than 1,000 homes across the ACT during the 1960s and 1970s.
A Commonwealth-funded clean-up program began in the 1980s but some cleared homes have been found to contain potentially deadly remnant fibres.
Now it has emerged that Mr Fluffy's methods of pumping in asbestos in its most dangerous form into roof spaces may have been much more widespread.
The evidence, contained in a newly-unearthed government report, suggests that for years, another company might have been using similar methods in Sydney homes.
In 1968 a federal health official was asked by the Commonwealth's Director of Public Works to provide advice on the health aspects of Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos.
The official, Arthur Spears, assessed the product being sold by Mr Fluffy owner Dirk Jansen as dangerous.
"It is considered desirable that D Jansen and company should be dissuaded or even prevented, if possible, from using asbestos fluff as insulation material in houses," Mr Spears said in the letter.
"Not only are men being unnecessarily exposed to a harmful substance in the course of their work, which is against the best public health practises, but there is evidence that community exposure to asbestos dust is undesirable.
Picture at top from Gus's collection of useless old newspapers (circa 1960s)...