South Australian asbestos campaigner Terry Miller OAM has been remembered for his “tireless” advocacy work after he died aged 76.
Mr Miller developed severe asbestosis following two decades working for James Hardie in Adelaide’s north and went on to form a group that provides practical support to victims and their families.
“There are very few people who have worked so tirelessly, for so many years, to help so many people,” Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia president Kat Burge said on Friday.
Mr Miller became secretary of the Asbestos Victims Association after asbestosis forced his early retirement in 2002.
The organisation lobbied the state’s parliament to pass legislation aimed at fast-tracking the compensation process for victims.
“Terry knew first-hand just how terrible asbestos diseases are, but he used that personal experience to fight for the rights of fellow asbestos victims,” Ms Burge said.
Mr Miller is survived by his two children, Karen and Scott, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Terry Miller was a very special man, an active member of his Union the Vehicle Division of the AMWU he was a great person to have on your side during a struggle.
The respect that Terry had gained in his advocacy for asbestos victims was truly inspiring.
He was not a man to be trifled with and was clear in what he wanted for his clients. He was from the Riverland I believe, and spoke with the honesty that only ‘bushies’ do.
Terry will be missed sure but what a Legacy he leaves for asbestos suffers everywhere. Thanks Old Mate. RP