ACT industrial manslaughter laws passed

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ACT industrial manslaughter laws passed

The ACT Parliament passed the controversial industrial manslaughter laws last night.

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The ACT Parliament passed the controversial industrial manslaughter laws last night.

The first legislation of its kind in Australia, the Crimes (Industrial Manslaughter) Bill 2002 was passed with the support of Greens MP Kerrie Tucker, Democrat Roslyn Dundas and Independent MP Helen Cross.

'The Government's position is clear - if a workplace death occurs and that death can be attributed to the employer, then the death should be treated with the seriousness it deserves,' ACT Industrial Relations Minister, Katy Gallagher said.

'The legislation is a key component of the Government's OHS reform agenda aimed at ensuring that workplaces are as safe as possible for ACT workers.'

Gallagher said that if employers adhere to their responsibilities under the OHS Act 1989 they 'have nothing to fear from this legislation'.

'This legislation does not impose vicarious liability on employers nor does it impose and additional responsibilities on them.'

The legislation will commence on March 1, 2004.

 

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