F-111 victim's payout anger



PHIL Moon has been been wasting away since he was exposed to a deadly chemical in the air force 20 years ago, but the federal government only thinks his suffering is worth $10,000.

Mr Moon, who has lived in Bundaberg for three years, was one of about 400 Australian Defence Force personnel who handled SR51, a chemical used to clean the inside of the wings of F-111 aircraft in the 1970s and 80s.

Members of the F-111 Deseal/Reseal Support Group are outraged with the government's $21 million compensation package of individual $10,000 and $40,000 ex-gratia payments to victims.

Mr Moon did not clean the wings, but he handled drums of the chemical for many years.

Since 1991 he has suffered numerous medical conditions, including an enlarged liver, and he is virtually housebound because of allergies and anxiety.

"It smelt like you're wearing burning rubber and then someone throws sewerage over you and then any other smell you can think of,'' Mr Moon said.



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