Law change needed

The Press - - Perspective -

Cave Creek. Pike River. CTV Build­ing. Dis­as­ters re­sult­ing in mas­sive loss of life and in­juries and no one held ac­count­able for these avoid­able dis­as­ters. Why? Firstly, the le­gal bar to hold rel­e­vant per­sons ac­count­able is cur­rently set too high and is un­nec­es­sar­ily com­plex. Se­condly, where there is shared ac­count­abil­ity there is a re­luc­tance to al­lo­cate ac­count­abil­ity be­cause of the dif­fi­culty of al­lo­cat­ing to each per­son.

The so­lu­tion. Cre­ate a new crime cat­e­gory where it would be eas­ier to hold all rel­e­vant per­sons ac­count­able in the event of an avoid­able dis­as­ter. That crime cat­e­gory should al­low the charg­ing of all rel­e­vant per­sons for their gross neg­li­gence or reck­less­ness where their fail­ing con­trib­uted di­rectly to­wards an avoid­able

dis­as­ter. Con­tin­u­ing with the cur­rent law and a ‘‘she’ll be right’’ at­ti­tude will re­sult in more avoid­able dis­as­ters in the fu­ture. War­ren Tay­lor John­sonville

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