from Australian Associated Press and Rod Parham
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
Why do they want to get rid of Our ABC?
The Turnbull Government – abashed by truthful reporting – just slashed $83 million from our ABC.
Added to Tony Abbott’s 2014 cuts, that’s over $320 million gutted from our public broadcaster.
And now the Liberals have passed a Motion at their Conference to Privatise the ABC.
The ABC’s Managing Director says these cuts will make it hard to function as they should, and after the last round of cuts, we lost Lateline.
If these latest cuts go through, we could be watching the final episodes of Four Corners or The 7:30 Report.
Even more concerning, Pauline Hanson is mounting a hostile parliamentary review of the ABC and SBS, designed to interfere with their charters and editorial content.
It’s a dream come true for Rupert Murdoch and the Conservative think tanks who’ve been fighting for years to cut, gut and destroy our ABC.
We have to fight back.
Fortunately, the ABC is one of the most liked and respected organisations in Australia
Here’s just a small sample of what may never have come to light without our ABC:
- The horrors of the live export trade, sparking a huge campaign8
- Institutional child abuse in Don Dale detention centre, which lead to a Royal Commission
These new cuts are clear political payback for the ABC’s honest reporting on the Turnbull Government’s corporate tax cuts and for daring to describe Tony Abbott as ‘destructive’ on climate change
If they go through, it could have a chilling effect on ABC reporting on our elected leaders.
It’s not just the fate of our ABC that’s at stake, but also the right of all Australians to hold the government of the day to account.
An attack on our ABC is an attack on democracy,