An ongoing investigation by the Socialist Equality Party
The leukaemia victims
The Illawarra Public Health Unit has now acknowledged that 14 young people have contracted leukaemia since 1989 in the suburbs of Cringila, Warrawong, Lake Heights and Berkeley, more than five times the state average.
Of the 14 victims, all of whom lived or worked for years in close proximity to the BHP steelworks and the Southern Copper smelter in Port Kembla, seven have now died.
Of these, four -- Samah, Jimmy, Goce and Melissa -- were students at Warrawong High and one -- Bob Churton -- was a teacher.
The Health Unit is not examining Churton's death, on the grounds that he did not live in the area, even though he taught at the school for 10 years. It is reviewing the cases of five other young victims.
They are David Hawthorne, 19, from Berkeley, Anthony Palma, 7, also from Berkeley, Suzana Silva, 33, from Warrawong, and another two unidentified victims. Two people in their 40s, also not identified publicly, were recently added to the Health Unit's list.