Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Vale Bernie Banton

A hero of the rights and health of workers and indeed the general public. Despite the ravages of his illness Bernie was never swayed from his path. A 4 billion dollar fund for victims of asbestos and, perhaps more importantly in the immediate term, ensuring various medications were placed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (and were thus affordable for the average family). In his acceptance speech on Saturday evening, our new PM praised Bernie. Our thanks must also go to the Banton family and of course our deepest condolences. It's bitter-sweet that individuals must work so hard for justice and then lose their lives however I am so very grateful Bernie saw justice finally achieved before he passed away. What courage and commitment he had to hang on those last days until he could be assured. Please rest now Bernie, you deserve it.

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