THE PUSH FOR A WORKPLACE RESPIRATORY DISEASE REGISTER
First Australian case of engineered stone-related silicosis is identified, a 54-year-old stonemason in Queensland.
Gold Coast stonecutter Anthony White becomes the first tradesman known to have died from silicosis, a disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. The death triggers a national debate.
A national dust disease task force is set up to develop a national approach to the prevention, early identification, control, and management of occupational dust diseases including silicosis.
Task force presents interim advice to the federal health minister.
Task force presents its final report to the government. Report finds nearly one in four engineered stone workers who have been in the industry since 2018 are suffering from silicosis or other silica dust-related diseases.
Federal, state and territory governments produce a response to the final report.
Draft laws are released.
Albanese Labor government introduces bill to parliament.
(Australian Associated Press)