Ernie Bridge Loses Mesothelioma Fight

April 08, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Former Labor MP Ernie Bridge has died, just weeks after launching a legal fight against the State Government and two of Australia's richest women after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Mr Bridge, 76, was a State member for the Kimberley between 1980 and 2001.

He believed he was exposed to asbestos fibres and dust during visits to Wittenoom during his terms. As a minister from 1986 to 1993, Mr Bridge oversaw the closure of Wittenoom's mines and government services.

At the time of his death, Mr Bridge was suing the Shire of Ashburton, CSR Limited, Midalco, Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting and Angela Bennett's Wright Prospecting.

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