Workplace Fatalities Bill

Better Business June/July 05

Workplace Fatalities Bill

Further to my concerns regarding the OH&S Amendment (Workplace Deaths) Bill the Minister has now released a new consultation draft which is available from my office or the WorkCover website; www.workcover.nsw.gov.au.

Despite the Government making a number of amendments to the legislation, there is still no trial by jury and the Minister can still allow a union to prosecute an employer. It is important to emphasise that this legislation does not just catch employers, it catches anyone who in authority in a workplace. This means it can apply to foremen, site supervisors and team leaders.

The Liberal/Nationals Coalition will seek to amend the legislation in the Parliament.

Mr Brogden said the Coalition is aware of the views expressed by some business organisations but the interest of business and all employees are best served by maintaining fundamental rights such as trial by jury.

Please be aware that comments closed on Friday 20 May 2005, however I have expressed concerns to the Minister.

2005/06 Budget

I will be closely scrutinising this year's State Budget, which was handed down on Tuesday 24 May. I have been collating information concerning projects in the Electorate that should require additional or new funding. I will be particularly looking for the Carr Government's support for funds to commence the police station for Lismore, funding/support for the Cardiac Cath Lab in Lismore, additional road funding; projects such as the Legume to Woodenbong Road, Summerland Way & Bruxner Highway, increased and additional funding for schools to assist with minor and major works, financial assistance for country halls and showgrounds, recognition of much needed funding increases for preschools, increase in funding for dental health services. Let's hope the Carr Government will acknowledge and provide assistance to these projects. I would also like to see a decrease in payroll tax, which is well and truly overdue, to assist businesses, in particular those close to and competing with those in Queensland.

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