Canberra man who contracted mesothelioma after exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos awarded $250k from ACT Government

A Canberra man who contracted mesothelioma after playing in deadly loose-fill asbestos as a toddler has been awarded more than $250,000 by the ACT Government to cover his medical treatment, despite the territory laying the blame for his suffering squarely with the Commonwealth.

James Wallner, 54, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma earlier this year and called on the ACT Government to establish a compensation fund to support his and future ‘Mr Fluffy’ mesothelioma cases.

In a statement to the ABC, Chief Minister Andrew Barr committed to investigating a scheme for future victims, but confirmed an “act of grace” payment had been made to Mr Wallner to go towards his medical costs.

It is the first time any level of government has paid out any claim for sickness associated with the so-called ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose-fill asbestos saga.

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