Carl Drysdale, who has been leading the 20+ year campaign seeking justice for the WA government's former chemically exposed workers had his Workers' Compensation claim rejected last week.
Mr. Drysdale reports that the latest WA government doctor that interviewed him was very sympathetic at the time, but his report back to the government was anything but sympathetic. We don't understand how a toxicologist can say these men are not affected by the extremely high dioxin content that the government's own reports demonstrate existed in the chemical supplied to the workers.
Is this yet another government hired gun?
Drysdale has also advised that another worker who is now blind due to contact with the herbicide has also been given the short-shift. Drysdale says the doctor has reported to the government that this worker's blindness has probably been caused by previous consumption of excessive alcohol and tobacco smoke.
???(Why is it a big part of the Australian population is not blind?
How about one of us sits down with a beer and a cigar, while we get some dioxin loaded herbicide to splash into a WA government-hired doctor's eyes. Then after a bit more of the same, we can see who is blind. ...Case closed.)
Drysdale, who was in charge of the chemical sprayers' bush camps, says the camps were dry of alcohol. Not only that, but the onset of the worker's blindness coincides directly with his employment and chemical exposure.
This not only is another setback for the affected workers involved, around 50 who have died prematurely, but another demonstration that the WA government does its damn best to avoid legal and moral responsibilities.
This is not only about workers statutory rights being hijacked by deceit, but also an attempt to sweep under the carpet the alleged criminal activity by the government of supplying the offending highly toxic waste to its own workers. Westralia.Net does not believe this was standard production 245T that the government wants everyone to believe.
See:Derby Dioxin Pages
Carl Drysdale says this is organised white-collar crime against blue-collar workers.
We don't usually buy this class conflict crap here in Westralia, but unfortunately we think he is right.
Posted by Westralia.Net at 2:59 PM JST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 September 2004 10:07 PM JST