A good-looking, soccer-loving charmer, my good friend Tony Medina worked tirelessly for two decades to safeguard workers against the hazards involved in the removal of asbestos – an area he himself had worked in before becoming a union official.

A life affirming man who inspired others to do good, he died eight years ago of mesothelioma at 43, leaving a wife, children, extended family and friends behind. I’ve been thinking of him a lot lately, because of the discovery of asbestos on two construction sites in Brisbane and Perth….