The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has recently opened the Bernie Banton Foundation to support mesothelioma victims and their families. The foundation is named after the leading asbestos disease campaigner Bernie Banton, who has now sadly passed away.

Rudd opened the foundation at the Concord Hospital in Sydney, and the foundation has a number of aims and goals. This includes providing support for victims of malignant mesothelioma, which is an asbestos cancer, as well as for their families and loved ones.

Other aims of the foundation will be to fund research into asbestos related diseases and to increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos as well as asbestos related disease through educating others. Bernie Banton suffered exposure to asbestos whilst working at James Hardie in Australia.

The Prime Minister stated: “There has been a great violation of trust of Australians by executives of James Hardie. It is a story of gross neglect … a disgraceful omission of facts and an arrogant lack of concern for the welfare of Australian workers and their families.”

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