In­dus­trial man­slaugh­ter laws to pro­tect work­ers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

IN­DUS­TRIAL man­slaugh­ter will be­come an of­fence at­tract­ing lengthy jail time and sig­nif­i­cant fines in Queens­land after leg­is­la­tion passed state par­lia­ment.

The La­bor gov­ern­ment’s bill, sparked by last year’s Dream­world and Ea­gle Farm tragedies, passed 43 votes to 39 yes­ter­day but with amend­ments block­ing ef­forts to ex­tend the re­forms to the re­sources sec­tor.

Un­der the laws, the maximum penalty for in­dus­trial man­slaugh­ter will be 20 years im­pris­on­ment for an in­di­vid­ual, with a maximum fine of $10 mil­lion for a cor­po­rate of­fender.

The mea­sures were prompted by the deaths of four peo­ple on Dream­world’s Thun­der Rapids Ride last Oc­to­ber, which came three weeks after two work­ers who were crushed at a build­ing site at Ea­gle Farm race­course.

In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Grace Grace (pic­tured) said the laws re­flected com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions around how work-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties should be treated.

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