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the biggest crowd in Australia's boxing history - rhe much-anticipated contest between 'The Man' and 'The Green Machine', Anthony Mundine and Danny Green. The fight was to have been held next month, but a back strain injury has led Green to postpone it four weeks. Already though, Anthony Mundine had organised his own unique bush training regime back in his home country of Baryulgil, a tiny Aboriginal settlement in NSW, north-west of Grafton. Baryulgil is also the site of James Hardie's notorious asbestos mine, whose poisonous legacy has blighted

the otherwise fiercely independent community. Former asbestos miners and their families this week briefed a Sydney QC to pursue a compensation claim against Hardie following a meeting in the township at the weekend. Matt Peacock's just returned from Baryulgil with this report on the asbestos tragedy and a rare glimpse of Anthony Mundine in his home country.

A boxing ring under the gum trees.

It's an exotic setting for a

champion fighter preparing for his

next title bout. But around here,

Antony 'The Man' Mundine is

Bunjalung Man - the name of his

ancestral tribe. Another boxing

great, his father and coach, Tony

Mundine, keeps a watchful eye.

He decided that, let's go to

Baryulgil and train. I said, "You

said it, let's go and do it.

said it, let's go and do it. " It's an irresistible chance for

these local schoolchildren to meet

their hero ahead of his next

challenge, a showdown with

supermiddleweight Danny Green

supermiddleweight Danny Green that's being billed as the biggest grudge

match in Australian boxing history.

Have you had a fight with any big

fellas? They have to be the same

weight see, they're still maybe

bigger. Peter could make super

middleweight, too. Are you

middleweight? Supermiddleweight?

Is that like sort of big? 76 kilos,

you've got to be. This is where

you've got to be. This is where Tony Mundine grew up, along the Clarence

River. We do a lot of swimming, go

turtle diving. A very happy

community, very joyful community.

All stick together and enjoy life.

Fresh stuff. Home country. Home

country, mate. Baryulgil, man.

This is where Anthony Mundine's

chosen to train over the next

several weeks to get to the peak of

fitness for the big fight. The

Baryulgil Square, the birthplace of

Tony Mundine, his father. But it's

also the place that's been haunted

by a spectre of disease and death,

the tragic legacy of the James

Hardie asbestos mine. For more

Hardie asbestos mine. For more than 30 years, people like Tony Mundine,

his father and his uncles worked

unprotected in the asbestos dust as

their children played in the

tailings. They weren't told they

could get killed. I used to look

forward to going to work everyday.

It was so good. Happiness, joy,

laugh. Crying now. There'll be

crying now, because of what we lost,

losing. Even today, four decades

we're still losing young people and

it all boils down to asbestos.

That deadly legacy is the focus of

this meeting at the weekend.

I've got nasal cancer, you know,

I've got nasal cancer, you know, and I've got two collapsed lungs and

I've got two collapsed lungs and I'm only 40. Despite Government

only 40. Despite Government promises of constant health monitoring after

the mine's closure in 1979, little

was done until a belated visit by

the Dust Bus from the NSW Dust

Diseases Board last year. We're

looking at changes in the bottom of

the lungs. In severe cases,

the lungs. In severe cases, changes will branch out from the side of

your lungs. Those tests unearthed

several new cases of asbestos

disease, but the community has

disease, but the community has since done its own testing and found more.

We've examined 230 people. Of

We've examined 230 people. Of those people we've done more extensive

tests on about 50, in that we've

done CAT scans on those

done CAT scans on those people.

done CAT scans on those people. Out of those 50 CAT scans, we've found

22 people who have severe asbestos

related pleural disease. There's

about five tumours that have been

uncovered that are probably

uncovered that are probably asbestos related. Um, I would feel that

they're directly asbestos related.

You've seen some very healthy

You've seen some very healthy people suddenly just get very sick?

Very sick. People who don't drink

or smoke, very sick and gone, dead

and gone. Doctor said on the

report, something else happened to

them, but we know. We're going to

keep fighting, fighting, fighting,

till we get to get our justice for

the people who passed on. The local

Aboriginal Medical Service doctor

Ray Jones is convinced and mine is

to blame for a high incidence of

lung disease and cancer . There was

a young fellow who lived near the

mine and he didn't work on the mine.

He was just a child. He had a

series of collapsed lungs, where he

had pneum othoraxes on a recurrent

basis and eventually they did a

basis and eventually they did a lung biopsy and they examined his lung

tissue and he had up to 10,000

asbestos fibres per cubic

asbestos fibres per cubic centimeter of his lung tissue. Last year James

Hardie bowed to public pressure to compensate legitimate Baryulgil

claims if the mine's subsequent

owner, now in liquidation, doesn't

pay. It's against this tragic

backdrop that Anthony Mundine is

preparing for what's likely to be

his biggest fight. He has a

commercial undertaking that

precludes him from talking to the 7.

precludes him from talking to the 7.30 Report. Mundine senior,

though, is intent on victory

though, is intent on victory against Danny Green. It won't be an easy

fight, it will be a tough fight.

He's a very cocky boy. When he's

He's a very cocky boy. When he's in there, he'll be talking to him,

talking to him, making him do

mistakes. He'll be in the counter.

That's the name of the game. Perth,

you've got a guy coming out next

who's disrespected a lot of us.

Let's give him the welcome he

deserves. The bad blood between the

two boxers came to a head last year

in Perth, appearing at the same

in Perth, appearing at the same venue Danny Green stirred up the

crowd, which drove Mundine from the

ring with a barrage of bottles.

ring with a barrage of bottles. And for this former Commonwealth

champion, the build-up to the big

fight brings back fond memories.

You're sitting in the dressing room

and you're walking out and waiting

for a big fight, a big fight.

20,000 people, unbelievable,

unbelievable. The buzz you have.

It's only a short buzz, but it's a

great buzz. And for the fight to

come? Only one man can win mate,

come? Only one man can win mate, and that's my son. You'll make sure, eh?

I certainly will, yeah.