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Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Minutes after posting the last story, we received a fax with a newspaper article by Tom Baxter, cut from the latest edition of the Broome Advertiser:

APB Cover Up
The recently released parliamentary report confirms what the APB workers have known for twenty years - Yes there was a rogue batch of highly toxic chemicals distributed out of Perth.
Professor Armstrong dismissed this fact in his totally discredited and dishonest report.
He should return the 166 thousand dollars he was paid to perpetuate the fraud - and still not a cent for the poisoned and dying workers.
There are powerful forces at work to smother the legitimate claims of the APB workers. The insurance companies liable for payouts must have friends in very high places, prepared to shelter the financial loss. Keen to help the asbestos victims advance their causes, the Gallop government is doing its best to bury the APB workers because it is the state government itself that is culpable, not a private company.
Currently the government is tricking the workers.
They understand their legal rights will disappear the moment their appeals are rejected. The victims would be forgiven for thinking that if they were white, well educated and lived closer to Perth their claims would have been settled 10 years ago.
The state government knows the workers claims have been proven, but they hunt for a technicality to deny justice. This shameful abandonment and cover up will haunt Labor for decades.
The issue heads a royal commission.

Tom Baxter, Derby

We believe Tom is, or maybe was, the ALP sub-branch president up that way.

Posted by Westralia.Net at 7:09 PM WST
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