State’s black lung con­tempt as­tound­ing

Daily Mercury - - NEWS | OPINION | YOUR SAY - — Kevin Clough, Blacks Beach

THE con­tempt shown by this State Gov­ern­ment to the 68 rec­om­men­da­tions from the Black Lung, White Lies re­port is as­tound­ing (DM 13/10/17, Page 8).

The Se­lect Com­mit­tee chair, MP Jo-Ann Miller, is bit­terly dis­ap­pointed in the lack of ac­tion from the Gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly Mines Min­is­ter An­thony Lyn­ham stat­ing that the “rec­om­men­da­tions were com­plex and still re­quired ad­di­tional anal­y­sis and con­sul­ta­tion”.

Our min­ers are suf­fer­ing and pos­si­bly dy­ing early from this in­sid­i­ous dis­ease while the Gov­ern­ment sits on the re­port rec­om­men­da­tions, par­tic­u­larly cre­at­ing the new, in­de­pen­dent Mine Safety and Health Au­thor­ity.

This may be be­cause that one of the re­port rec­om­men­da­tions is the new au­thor­ity be es­tab­lished in Mackay in­stead of the “great south east”.

I implore all Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to show some in­ter­nal for­ti­tude and get this is­sue mov­ing to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion so our min­ers can have some as­sur­ance that their health is more im­por­tant than pol­i­tics.

As a long time cynic of politi­cians, maybe the La­bor Gov­ern­ment is hold­ing off un­til af­ter the up­com­ing State elec­tion so they won’t have to make a de­ci­sion if they lose and then they can blame the LNP.

PHOTO: LIAM KID­STON

Black Lung Se­lect Com­mit­tee chair, MP Jo-Ann Miller, is bit­terly dis­ap­pointed in the lack of ac­tion from the Gov­ern­ment.

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