Towards the latter part of last year, border authorities had made dozens of asbestos interceptions, following a department shakeup after fears were raised that enforcement may have been allowing asbestos materials to flood into the country from overseas, due to lax practices.

According to Fairfax Media, Australian Border Force made 13 seizures of asbestos material since it was established in July.

Last year there were a number of construction sites which were found to have asbestos containing, Chinese-sourced materials, including the Perth childrens hospital, despite the 2003 ban on the deadly substance.

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