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Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Page: 7704

Mr CREAN (HothamMinister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts) (09:34): I know that my colleagues were fascinated by that important piece of legislation. I have another piece to introduce that will just as well entertain and inform them. I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I am pleased to introduce the Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011. This bill contains transitional and consequential provisions in relation to the Work Health and Safety Bill, and it will form part of a system of nationally harmonised work health and safety laws.

The bill will repeal the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991, which will be replaced with the Work Health and Safety Bill. It also makes provision for the transition to the new laws. It will deal with matters where action of some kind may have commenced under the Occupational Health and Safety Act before it was repealed and where contraventions have occurred prior to the commencement of the new laws. In addition the bill makes consequential amendments to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Social Security Act 1991 that arise from the Work Health and Safety Bill.

I commend this bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.