Sorry msolga, I feel I have not expressed myself clearly enough.
I do not, for one moment, disagree with what you are saying.
I often get a bit annoyed when people describe Australians as 'apathetic', which suggests they couldn't care less. I think the word 'naive' is a little more appropriate because it indicates people in general are unaware of the problem.
I took the time to read up on the JH scandal. Although I am usually a bit wary of publications issued by the extreme left (or right), I found this very interesting:
which led me to -
which, in a nutshell, says -
1898 - a report to the UK Parliament by the Chief Inspector of Factories advised of the 'evil effects of asbestos dust';
1906 - British Parliamentary Committee confrmed the first cases of asbestosis in factories in Britain;
1918 - An American insurance company produced a study showing premature deaths in the asbestos industry;
1926 - Massachusetts' Industrial Accidents Board processed the first successful compensation claim by a sick asbestos worker;
1930 - The Merryweather and Price Report to the UK Parliament is recognised as an important medical record;
1935 - The Western Australian Factory and Shops Inspector reports on the effect of asbestos dust on the lungs of workers in James Hardie's factory in Perth; etc. etc. etc.
The knowledge of the dangers of asbestos to the general public (from housing materials, etc) was not shared with them until the seventies.
We are so naive because we are not demanding to know why legal safeguards have not been put in place to prevent companies like James Hardie from being able to grab the money box and scoot off to the Netherlands. (After all, it's only been 70 years since the problem was officially identified!)
I admit to knowing absolutely nothing about company law. But it seems to be devoted to the protection of greedy, grasping companies from having to face their responsibilities.
I told you I was too cynical for all this!! :wink: