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Almost a death a week on a construction site in Australia and you want to crucify the CFMEU?



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Katter: almost a death a week on a construction site in Australia and you want to crucify the CFMEU? 31 October 2016: KAP Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has today reasserted his opposition to the Government’s

proposed Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation, saying he cannot remember another time where there has been an industrial death nearly every week for two months. Since the 6 August there have been 7 deaths on construction sites in Australia.

“Almost a death a week and this Government thinks we should destroy the representatives who protect us against these deaths?,” asked Mr Katter.

Mr Katter, a proud paid up member of the CFMEU, which was originally the coal miners’ union, previously worked as a labourer in the Mt Isa Mines.

“My union (the CFMEU) represents people working in the three most dangerous categories, mining, forestry and construction.

“But you remove the right of the union reps, the man on the job can’t complain about safety - if he does he will be sacked.

“If there are people breaking the law, then clearly that is a criticism of the police force.

Mr Katter has pointed out that safe workplaces are in everyone’s interest, not just workers.

“Remember these recent construction deaths, do not include the deaths at Dreamworld where it is reported the relevant union, the AWU, had already made representations on safety.

“Remember if there are unsafe practices, then innocent bystanders will get killed too. We are not saying this occurred at Dreamworld, as these are matters for the investigation.

Mr Katter has long held views on how the union movement has improved safety directly in North Queensland workplaces.

“I represent Mount Mulligan, where 72 people were blown to death in one explosion. I represent Mount Leyshon Mine at Charters Towers, where 23 men were blown to pieces in one hour.

“And the only reason we are not getting blown to pieces, or falling down manholes or having cement walls collapsing on us is because there are some strong people left in trade unions in this country who stand up for principles that need to be stood up for.

“And to be associated with a government that is removing the right to remain silent—we have all watched the movies, we all see that you have the right to remain silent. Yes, you do, except if you are a trade unionist in Australia under a Liberal government,” said Mr Katter. ##Ends## SEE NEXT PAGE FOR TABLE ON DEATHS ON AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTION SITES SINCE 6 AUGUST 2016

Hon Bob Katter MP Federal Leader

It's the principle of it www.ausparty.org.au Member for Kennedy

For more information or a comment from Bob Katter please contact 0418 840 243

For more information or a comment from Bob Katter please contact 0418 840 243

Deaths on Australian Construction sites since, 6 August 2016

Source: CFMEU

Date State Details

6 Aug 2016 ACT Herman Henrich Holtz, 62 year old Sydney man died when he was struck by a falling crane at the University of Canberra public hospital worksite. 10 Aug 2016 SA Clyde Norris 17 year old, died when he sustained critical head injuries at the Salisbury Homes Fishers Street Building Site. 6 Oct 2016 QLD Ashley Morris 34 died when a 9 tonne slab fell into a pit he was standing in at Eagle Farm Site - Construction

Company was BRC

6 Oct 2016 QLD Humberto Leite 55 year old man died when a 9 tonne slab fell into a pit he was standing in at Eagle Farm Site - Construction Company was BRC 11 Oct 2016 WA Marianka Heumann 27 year old German backpacker plunged to her death, falling 13 floors. Marianka was working in a Australia on a working VISA, the recruiting company was Request Group - Company details:

Finbar / Hanssen Pty Ltd, Concerto Apartments Project in Perth 25 Oct 2016 NSW Iremar Dasilva 55 year old male died when he fell from a formwork deck and landed on reo. This fatality occurred on a jobsite in Ryde. 27 Oct 2016 VIC A 54 year old boiler maker has been fatally crushed while operating a boom lift at the Probuild Convention

Centre site; he was an employee of Stilcon.