Professional Builders Commend Tas Government’s Announcement of an Asbestos Parliamentary Group

The Australian Institute of Building (AIB), which represents thousands of Chartered Builders in Australia, today endorsed the Tasmanian Governments announcement of a The Parliamentary Group on Asbestos and Asbestos-Related Disease body to tackle asbestos issues in Tasmania.

AIB applauds this announcement, and measures by the Tasmanian Government to reduce the grim statistics from asbestos-related illnesses, said Robert Whittaker, AIB National President.

With Australia having one of the highest rates of asbestos related disease in the world, and around 600 Australians dying each year from asbestos related causes, this announcement is very welcome.

On a personal level, my own father died from mesothelioma and I can testify that it was a devastating experience watching him suffer and deteriorate from the condition.

Well done to the Tasmanian Government for taking the initiative, and creating a parliamentary group to tackle this issue.

Lets hope that by this announcement, thousands of Australians and their families do not have to suffer the way my father and our family did.

We look forward to working with the Tasmanian Government and the new parliamentary group to ensure it successfully meets all objectives, Mr Whittaker said.

For further information, please contact: –

Mr. Robert Whittaker FAIB, National Vice President

Mobile 0418 536 056 Email:


Robin Frederick Whittaker, died at the age of 64 from Metostatic Mesothiloma onOctober 9th 1990, surrounded by family – his surviving sons, David William Whittaker MIEAust (Naval Architect with the Australian Submarine Corporation) and Flight Lieutenant Henry Hugh Whittaker of the RAAF, plus the surviving children of James Frederick Whittaker (Robin’s oldest [late] son) as well as Robert above, have asked to pass on their personal thanks (and those of their mother [Robin’s widow] Eve) to the Minister and all those involved.