“When it’s stewing up and everything like that over 12 years, and getting rejected, not even listened to, well then of course I’m going to take that opportunity,” Mr Drury told NBN News.
The 73-year-old said he retired after he worked in the mining industry for 30 years.
He receives weekly compensation from the Dust Disease Board through iCare.
However, he said that payment had eaten into his pension.
“I’ve got prostate cancer, I’ve got tumours, asbestos tumours,” he said.
“And being ignored by everyone, when I’ve got a right to earn income too.”
The Newcastle resident claimed he had lost more than $70,000 because of the oversight.
He said he had reached out to dozens of MPs who haven’t listened to him.
“Why wouldn’t I get upset? Every week I get $200 taken out of my pension,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s office said it would look into the issues raised by Mr Drury and confirmed government representatives would speak with him directly to reach a solution.
“I reckon it will happen, because I am gonna follow this around, every place where the Liberals go,” Mr Drury said.