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Tasmanian Robert Williams' fight for asbestos compensation 'worse than cancer'

Jessica Willard
Updated July 2 2021 - 3:58am, first published August 15 2020 - 4:30am
Mr Willams' claim for asbestos compensation took 16 months to be approved. Pictures: Paul Scambler
Mr Willams' claim for asbestos compensation took 16 months to be approved. Pictures: Paul Scambler

Robert "Bobby" Williams was a builder for more than half a century and during that time was repeatedly and unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Now, at the age of 70, he is waiting to die after spending the better part of a year fighting to be recognised as eligible for asbestos compensation.

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Jessica Willard

Jessica Willard

Senior Journalist and Health Reporter

Being a health reporter to me is about more than just reporting the problems. It's about asking why they are happening in the first place and what needs to change to fix it.

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