Mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos exposure, kills 600 Australians a year and the numbers are increasing. Michelle Smith writes about the painful and traumatic disease with few treatment options that's just killed her mum.
The seven non-executive directors of former asbestos producer James Hardie received glowing references from Australia's business elite, highlighting a failure by their peers to understand the repercussions of their actions.
John Della Bosca's personal flaws shouldn't make the public overlook his political successes and tough policy making, like compensation for James Hardie victims, writes former NSW premier Bob Carr.
I'm not a vengeful person but I feel very ripped off to see that they won't experience anywhere near the level of suffering that I've been through. Why does their punishment have such an effect on my happiness? asks K.B.
The banning and fining of 9 blokes and Meredith Hellicar over the James Hardie debacle appears to have ignored the source of the original "fully funded" asbestos claims.
The Supreme Court of New South Wales has delivered significant penalties in the civil action brought by ASIC against various former executives and directors of asbestos manufacturer James Hardie.
With their responsibilities and potential liability increasing, the job of the non-executive director is getting harder.