Another legendary Australian passed away today
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=328824Your say: Bernie Banton dies
Tuesday November 27, 2007
Cancer has claimed the life of asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton.
Mr Banton, who suffered from asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, was the driving force behind a six-year fight to secure a $4.5 billion compensation fund for victims in a tireless legal campaign.
He very deservingly will be honoured with a state funeral
Our honourable Primeminister made special mentioned Bernie during his victory speech this Saturday.The state funeral for asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton will be held at Sydney's Olympic Park next Wednesday.
The office of NSW Premier Morris Iemma has announced the service will take place at the 21,000 seat Acer Arena, formerly the Superdome, at the Homebush site in Sydney's west.
Mr Banton, 61, died at his Sydney home early today, surrounded by his family.
Today after the sad news our P.M had this to say ..."Mate, you are not going to be forgotten in this place," Mr Rudd said.
"When so many were prepared to cast you to one side, Bernie Banton, you have been a beacon and clarion call for what is decent and necessary in life and I salute you."
RIP Bernie, Australia thanksyou.KEVIN RUDD: Australia is going to be poorer for Bernie's passing. Our whole nation will be poorer for Bernie's passing because he became a symbol, a living symbol of what is right and decent and proper in the workplace relations of this country, including industrial safety. We will miss him, I will miss him, the nation will miss him, and we'll now reflect on how we should honour him appropriately.