The government in South Australia is facing increasing pressure over measures in place for victims of asbestos related disease to claim compensation. It has been claimed that these processes are far too slow, and that time is running out for many victims in the South Australia area.

Campaigners, victims, and other industry officials want the South Australia government to change regulations with regards to making claims for asbestos related disease, such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis, with two years of lobbying already having taken place and a recent rally having been held at Largs Bay.

Politicians, unions, campaigners, victims, and the families of victims have all been involved in lobbying the government in a bid to get the regulations regarding asbestos related compensation claims changed to cut down on delays that are being experienced by those trying to make a claim.

One official stated: “The death rates are far under-reported because a lot of people that have lung cancers actually are dying because of asbestos, but it’s not reported that way. We’re looking at a death rate in South Australia by 2020 that it could be up to 300 people a year, almost one a day, because of asbestos, because of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.”

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