Quoted from http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/editorial/to-dishonour-bernie-bantons-legacy-would-be-criminal-20120407-1whz3.html
To dishonour Bernie Banton’s legacy would be criminal
April 8, 2012
Bernie Banton … heroically defeated James Hardie. Photo: Andrew Quilty
”I’m thrilled Bernie’s story is being told because asbestos illness is an issue that’s probably never going to be over.”
That chilling forecast was Karen Banton’s reaction to the news a telemovie would be made about her late husband’s fight to win justice for his fellow victims of asbestos disease.
Bernie Banton, who died from mesothelioma in 2007, heroically and with great dignity took on and defeated James Hardie, forcing the corporate giant to pay $4 billion compensation to employees such as Banton who were exposed to the deadly fibres. Ms Banton proudly carries on her husband’s work.
But alarming evidence has emerged that the grand legacy of Bernie Banton is in danger of being betrayed. Asbestos was banned in 2003, but now hundreds of thousands of tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste is being dumped illegally across NSW, compounding an already massive health problem.