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The new Perth Children’s Hospital’s roof is riddled with asbestos. Photo: Department of HealthSome construction workers at Perth Children’s Hospital are understood to have walked off site after the Health Minister revealed on Thursday morning the facility’s roof was riddled with asbestos.
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More than 150 concrete roof panels at the hospital will have to be replaced by builder John Holland after a worker on Monday noticed an unusual white substance when he cut into the roof to install an exhaust fan.

Testing has confirmed the panels, supplied by Chinese company Yuanda, contained the deadly fibre, despite the product being certified as meeting Australian standards at the beginning of the $1.2 billion project.

Health Minister John Day conceded other major construction projects in WA which used Yuanda products, including the Perth Stadium and Fiona Stanley Hospital, could also contain asbestos, after the testing revealed a likely case of supply chain fraud.

“The panels have been fully tested in the early samples and they were certified as being appropriate for Australian standards,” he told Radio 6PR.

“I’m advised that John Holland appears to have acted in good faith all the way along…they feel very let down by their supplier.

“It should not have been there, it’s completely wrong and I think the manufacturer certainly has some explaining to do.”

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union WA claims the hospital’s atrium roof is “riddled” with asbestos and that the “cheap” Chinese concrete panels used by John Holland had put workers at risk.

“Our immediate concern is for the workers who have installed this product and also for the potential on-going health risks to workers and future patients at the hospital,” CFMEU WA state secretary Mick Buchan said.

“We now have workers who have cut, sawn, nailed and drilled this product without any protection.”

Mr Buchan on Thursday told Radio 6PR he had taken a call from a distressed member on Wednesday night who was working on the hospital’s atrium.

“[He said] ‘I was on the scaffolding that day and I was helping cut all this, I was covered in dust, I went home, [my wife] washed my clothes, what are the health effects that could get carried through to her?’,” he said.

“Who would have thought that a product that was banned in Australian in 2003 could get through border protection and wind up on a brand new childrens hospital project?

“We’ve put it to Comcare [the national workplace safety regulator] that they need to immediately put a prohibition notice on that job until independent experts can come though and give it the all clear.”

WAtoday understands around half the construction workers at the hospital site have walked off the job on Thursday morning.

Project Director for John Holland Lindsay Albonico said the company became aware of the issue on Monday evening.

“We needed to validate what it was,” he said.

Mr Albonico admitted the fact asbestos was found inside a children’s hospital in this day and age was worrying.

“The moment I became concerned about that, we activated a management plan as thought it was asbestos, but without knowing it was abestos.”

“We cleared the site the moment that we knew.”

“There’s a process that industry adopts in terms of validating the delivery of safe products to a construction site – we followed that,” he said.

He said 40 workers had registered a concern about the incident.

– with James Mooney

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A special day for Docker Munday

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For the second time this State League season, Kade Munday’s games played tally has put the Burnie captain in the spotlight as his Dockers career hits yet another high point.
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BIG MOMENT: Burnie captain Kade Munday will play his 300th game for the Dockers on Saturday when the team travels to Launceston to play the Blues at Windsor Park.

The 33-year-old will run out for the club for the 300thtime on Saturday at Windsor Park when Burnie face Launceston.

This magic moment comes after the midfielderbroke the club’s games record in April.

“It is hard to say really what this means to me, but I know by the time Saturday comes it will really kick in for me,’’ Munday said.

“It is one of those things I will look back on when I finish up, but 300 at this level is probably the big one.

“To get this you have to have a lot of luck and a lot of support.

“When you get to 100 and then to 200, you do start to think that maybe there aren’t too many left, but while you are still contributing to the team, you keep on playing.

“It is one of those things when you first start out you don’t really think about though.”

The five-time premiership player (four in the NTFL and one in the State League) said the fact his love for the game and the club had not dropped since debuting in 2001 was a major reason for his longevity in the game.

“The people you play with people keep you playing as well.

“You have to enjoy still playing on a Saturday with these blokes and if you can get a result with them, that really is what is all about.”

Munday rated current teammate Andrew Lee and former co-captain Luke Shackleton as two men that have made his time more enjoyable.

And those flags are the standout moments of his time at the club.

He is hopeful there is at leastone more premiership to add to that collection before his career is over.

The team getting back to the level displayed in the win over Glenorchy in his earlier milestone match is what will be required to ensure that dream can be achieved this year.

“I think we can get back there, as our first quarter on the weekend (against Lauderdale) was some of the best footy that we have played.

“We’ve just got to do it for four quarters and that’s what we are building on for the rest of the season.”

Munday sees the clash with Launceston as more of a chance to put four quarters of football togetherrather than a personal celebration.

But he knows that won’t be easy against a the Blues,who seriously challenged the third-placed Dockersat West Park earlier in the season.

“They are one of those teams that if you get on top of them early, you can run away with it.

“But in saying that, we did do that early at West Park and they came back at us.

“They always play well against us and we will be aiming to go up to play good football for the full four quarters, something we haven’t done for a while.

“That will be our main focus, and if we do that, then we know the result will take care of itself.”

Munday said his football future was something that was on his mind, but he wouldn’t be making any decisions until the end of the season.

“But as long as I still think I can contribute, I will continue to play.”

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Lost at sea … this Busselton boatie had a rough morning at sea. Photo: Louise de JagerA Busselton boatie has had a day to forget after strong waves washed his four wheel drive into the ocean.
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Witness Louise de Jager contacted the Busselton Mail to say she was down at the Abbey Boat Ramp on Geographe Road about 11am on Wednesday when she saw a four-wheel-drive swimming in the ocean just off the boat ramp.

She said she understands waves caused the car to slip off the ramp as it was taking a boat out of the water.

An industrial tow was used to pull the car out of the sea.

This is the third four-wheel-drive to take to the water in the South West within a month after extraordinary footage of two four-wheel-drives rolling around in the surf at Hamelin Bay emerged in June 2016.

The utes were unable to be ‘rescued’ by the SES. Photo: Augusta-Margaret River SES

Emergency services were called recover two utes marooned on the beach but by the time they arrived the utes were rolling around in the drink and couldn’t be “rescued”.

“Unfortunately the tide was a bit higher than it was when the drivers left their vehicles the night before and we couldn’t help without putting our own vehicles at risk,” a Facebook post by the Augusta-Magaret River State Emergency Services read.

– Busselton Mail

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The jobless rate rose in June, but markets took heart from a big full-time push. Photo: Louise KennerleyThe unemployment rate rose slightly in June, although a surge in full-time jobs may take some pressure off the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates further.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday its latest labour force survey showed a net 8000 jobs were created during the month, edging the official unemployment rate up to 5.8 per cent, from 5.7 per cent.

The participation rate rose slightly to 64.9 per cent.

However, in contrast to previous months, the newly employed were full-time, with the loss of more than 30,000 casual positions offsetting a 38,400-strong gain in full-time jobs.

The Australian dollar took heart from this, spiking more than one-quarter of a US cent, to around US76.30¢.

The latest jobs figures were in line with expectations.

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 0.1 percentage point jump in the headline rate, to 5.8 per cent, on the addition of 10,000 positions. The jobless rate had been steady at 5.7 per cent for three consecutive months until the June rise.

Capital Economics’ chief economist for Australia Paul Dales said the latest jobs numbers showed the market was “in reasonable shape”, although recent part-time trends and the low level of total hours worked pointed to “plenty of spare capacity”.

“There was more good news with all the rise in employment in June being due to a leap in full-time employment . . . while part-time employment fell . . . ,” he said.

“But the number of hours worked fell by 0.3 per cent month-on-month, and the bulk of the rise in employment over the past year has been due to more part-time jobs.

“The resulting spare capacity explains why wage growth is at a record low and why the RBA is more worried about the weak outlook for inflation than the outlook for the unemployment rate,” he said.

UBS economist George Tharenou agreed the RBA’s focus is now second-quarter consumer price data, released late this month.

“Overall, the labour market survey continues to signal a decent trend for jobs growth, with steady unemployment,” he said.

“This continues to put the onus on low inflation to see the RBA deliver our expected 25 basis point rate cut in August.”

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ACCC the victim of latest scam

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Michael Schaper, deputy chair of the ACCC, says to independently source contact details for the ACCC through an internet search or phone book. Photo: Michel O’SullivanIs this the most fiendish scam yet? The ACCC has been forced to send out an alert about a new con where fraudsters impersonate the consumer watchdog itself.
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A quick check of the ACCC website confirmed the warning has come from the ACCC itself and is not a scam by the impersonators.

The commission said the scam emails contained demands for money, as well as malware that infected the victim’s computer and could be used to extort money.

“In the past week, several businesses have reported receiving bogus requests from the ACCC to respond to a complaint that has been made about their business, or seek payment for an infringement notice for breach of copyright,” the ACCC reports.

“People should be on the lookout for ransomware, which is a type of malware that freezes your computer and demands a ransom for you to be able to access your computer again. Scammers commonly ask for bitcoins or ask you to transfer money by wire transfer but even if you pay the fee, there is no guarantee that your computer will be unlocked,” ACCC deputy chairman Michael Schaper said.

He said no money had been reported as lost at this stage and the emails were easy to spot as fakes if you “check the email address of the sender before clicking on any links”.

The scammers have been using email addresses such as @accc.govt419论坛 – Australian government agencies use .gov419论坛.

Another used by the scammers is [email protected]南京夜网.

Government agencies do no use free web-based email accounts such as outlook南京夜网.

The emails were also generically addressed to a ‘Business Owner’ and might contain errors, the ACCC said.

“If you unexpectedly receive an email from the ACCC, do not click on any links or respond to contact details provided in the email. Instead, independently source contact details for the ACCC through an internet search or phone book,” Dr Schaper said.

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