GOVERNMENT'S OH&S BILL TO BE PULLED

GOVERNMENT'S OH&S BILL TO BE PULLED

GOVERNMENT'S OH&S BILL TO BE PULLED

15 APRIL 2005

The NSW Opposition, together with people power, have claimed a major victory after the announcement today that the OH&S (Workplace Fatalities) Bill will be withdrawn from Parliament according to Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George.

The NSW Minister for Industrial Relations John Della Bosca said, in an online statement to the Public Service Association that:

"It has now become clear that the draft consultation Bill does not satisfy some of the tests that have been set by the Government and will not be introduced in its current form."

Mr George said the Bill would have been a disaster for local businesses and farmers had it been introduced.

"I am very pleased that the public meeting I hosted in Lismore together with the meetings held throughout the State have all put pressure on the NSW Government to pull this ridiculous Bill.

"This Bill would have seen employers face up to five years in gaol if a person was accidentally killed at a workplace almost irrespective of how the accident occurred.

Mr George said the Bill would also have seen unions receive half of any fine imposed on an employer for breaches of the OH&S Act, which under the new Bill were as high as $1.6m.

"While the Minister has announced he has pulled the `current' draft Bill we must remain vigilant to ensure that the Bill does not reappear in some other form.

Mr George said he wished to thank those people who attended the meeting in Lismore and despite Minister Della Bosca's Letter to the Editor in The Northern Star on 13 April indicating that I was scaring local business people, obviously my concerns were legitimate.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577