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Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« on: August 04, 2017, 10:19:50 AM »
Saw this article on Hemmings about how this was affecting the collector car market there and wondered if any of our members down yonder have had any negative experiences with this.

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2017/08/04/crackdown-on-asbestos-essentially-halts-collector-car-exports-to-australia/

Also I'm now curious as to how much asbestos would be in our bikes. Brake pads? Any gaskets? Clutch discs?
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2017, 02:42:06 PM »
First they took away there guns,,, now there old cars....  I think i have some old shoes that have that stuff in them????? :o

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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2017, 06:17:02 PM »
Moonpup
Haven't heard of this one. I can still import (via the USPS Ripoff -thankyou Lance Armstrong) BS brakeshoes. Don't know about cars. I do know of several older mechanics with Mesothelioma from blowing out brake linings.

Packrat, I don't know what you have been told re guns in Australia. All I know is that I have 4 long arms which are registered and in a locked cabinet. I use them for hunting and clay target shooting. My friend has 3 target pistols also registered and locked up. I am glad that there are very few illegal weapons in Australia and feel safer for it, unlike some other countries where innocent people get shot because of lax gun laws. Guns here are used for hunting and target shooting, not for killing other humans.
I realise this comment may be off topic but I think people should know the facts (real not alternative).
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 04:31:17 PM »
I best order some new shoes before it really hits the fan

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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 06:49:33 AM »
           As far as I remember, the asbestos issue hadn't hit the fan when our bikes were built, so it's quite likely there is some in the parts mentioned. I've worked with it, sawn it, cut it, filed it and blown the dust away and I'm still here, now it's treated worse than nuclear waste - God help us.
         Recently took a grey fiberglass tube down to the tip. Guys there were convinced it was asbestos (they'd been on a special training course), despite me smashing it against the concrete floor with no effect. Had to cut it up (lol) and double bag in special sacks before they would take it.
         Wouldn't be surprised if f/glass, rockwool or even todays microfibre fabrics were found to equally harmful in due course or am I just getting cynical in my old age - probably ;D
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 09:06:06 AM »
The same crazy paranoia exists over mercury.  Just a few years ago, I watched as the police almost shut down a restaurant because a couple of kids had a little bit of mercury in a container they were playing with and someone in another booth noticed and called the police. 

The US government made it even worse a few years ago when they banned the import of many items from China containing lead, primarily due to the large number of toys containing paint with lead, which made sense.  However, the ban was extended to the 50cc mini-cycles being imported from China that were being sold primarily for children's use. The justification was that there was lead in the batteries and there was lead in some of the steel compounds in the engine.  They completely shut down a whole sector of the cycle industry overnight. It probably significantly reduced the number of children exposed to motorcycles at an early age and therefore reduced the number of future adult motorcycle riders (and potential Bridgestone collectors).
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2017, 04:50:22 PM »
yesterday on a talk radio station they said that a large amount of car parts containing asbestos was still getting into the country and are having a crack down .this is the first public announcement I had heard apart from what has been posted here
some things I find funny on the news a while ago we had some issues with houses containing asbestos from Mr fluffy .the government had a buy back scheme  for these houses. on the news report of this they showed a excavator demolishing a house another bloke all suited up with a garden hose splashing a bit of water around  supposedly to suppress  the dust ?
you also need these days an asbestos awareness' certificate these days to become a asphalt worker, traffic controller, bitumen spray tuck driver,  roller driver, line marker, sign installer  etc etc etc just over kill
 

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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 05:03:31 PM »
The good ol' days!
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 04:22:57 PM »
It's happening, long delays at Port Botany Sydney while they check brake shoes and wait for it - head gaskets on imported bikes. Idiots!!!
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Re: Australia's Crackdown on Asbestos
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 11:14:22 AM »
I imagine they would condemn the house I grew up in. Built in the mid 50s and the attic was insulated with vermiculite. Plenty of fine dust floating around every time we went there for storage, running additional wiring, etc....
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