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Tasmanian Asbestos Victims Get $2.9 M from State Fund

A state fund paid $2.9 million so far to asbestos victims in Tasmanian workplace.

According to David O’Byrne, the workplace relations minister, eight applicants have been already compensated by the Asbestos-related Diseases Compensation Scheme.

The fund was established in last October. The highest payout made so far by the fund is $540,000.

O’Byrne said the state’s major workplace killer would get bigger as disease development rates supposed to peak in the coming 5-10 years.

“It is a very dangerous product,” O’Byrne said. He said the cancer-causing mineral has been scattered through federal and corporate buildings and homes.