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Speech: Workplace safety

Speeches in Parliament
Mehreen Faruqi 10 Dec 2020

The Greens support this motion. We have long called for federal laws on industrial manslaughter. Our workplace health and safety laws are broken. Employers who do not ensure their workplaces are safe must be held to account and there must be strong deterrents for cutting corners on safety. Action on the recommendations of the reports on industrial deaths should have already been implemented. The government has clearly deprioritised this. The families and loved ones of hundreds of people who have died at work since 2018 deserve to see justice. These workers should not have lost their lives in the first place. Their families and loved ones deserve to see the government take action to make sure that going to work means coming home from work, safe and sound. Everyone has the right to a safe workplace.

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