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Gravely ill Banto to sue Hardie
The anti-asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton says he plans to seek more compensation from building materials company James Hardie because his health has deteriorated further.

The 60-year-old asbestosis sufferer was the public face of the fight by former James Hardie workers to have a compensation fund for asbestos victims established.

Mr Banton's lawyer, Tanya Segelov, says her client has become gravely ill and could have just months to live.

Ms Segelov says he was diagnosed on Friday with a vicious form of a second disease, peritoneal mesothelioma, a cancer of the abdominal cavity caused by abestos.

"There is no question that he has got this as a result of his work at James Hardie," she said.

Ms Segelov says her client, whose asbestosis is a disease of the lung, is being treated in a Sydney hospital.

She says Mr Banton is in shock with the diagnosis.

"In typical Bernie fashion, he's vowing to fight on and will fight this disease, and is starting treatment," she said.

"But unfortunately, it is a disease with a poor prognosis ... and it is a very painful and horrible disease."

In a statement, Mr Banton says he will sue James Hardie for more compensation from the fund he fought to establish.

"I will fight [James Hardie] to my dying breath to ensure my family will be OK once I am gone," Mr Banton said in a statement.

"I also intend to fight pretty hard to live!"

Ms Segelov says it is a very difficult time for Mr Banton's family.

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