Dream­world tragedy prompts statewide theme park ‘safety blitz’ amid broader work­place au­dit

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Bris­bane: The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment is launch­ing what it calls a “safety blitz” au­dit of the state’s theme parks, be­gin­ning at Dream­world where four peo­ple died ear­lier this week. Cindy Low, Kate Good­child, her brother Luke Dorsett and his part­ner Roozbeh Araghi died when the raft flipped over on the Thun­der River Rapids on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has also an­nounced an au­dit of all Work­place Health and Safety pro­cesses. Speak­ing at the ALP state con­fer­ence on the Gold Coast this morn­ing, she said the au­dit was in re­sponse to the deaths of two work­ers at an Ea­gle Farm race­course work­site ear­lier this month. “It is sim­ply not enough for us to be com­pli­ant with our cur­rent laws, we need to be sure our laws keep pace with in­ter­na­tional re­search and new tech­nolo­gies,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The au­dit will also con­sider whether ex­ist­ing penal­ties are suf­fi­cient to act as de­ter­rents, and whether th­ese should be strength­ened to con­tain pro­vi­sions re­lat­ing to gross neg­li­gence causing death. “Be­cause we all know how im­por­tant work­place safety is and how im­por­tant it is to have strong de­ter­rents. “That’s why Queens­land has the best record in Aus­tralia at prose­cut­ing em­ploy­ers for neg­li­gence - and we are now ex­am­in­ing cur­rent reg­u­la­tions to see if there are any fur­ther mea­sures we can take to dis­cour­age un­safe prac­tices.” ABC

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