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Monday, 4 September 2006
Page: 174

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 8 June 2006:

With reference to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 29 May 2006 of Commonwealth Government support for Beaconsfield, Tasmania:

(1)   Can details be provided of all mine-related workplace fatalities in Australia since October 1996, including the: (a) date of the fatality; (b) name of the mining company; (c) location of mining operation; (d) number of workers who died; and (e) cause of the fatality or fatalities.

(2)   In relation to each of these mine-related workplace fatalities, can details also be provided of all related Commonwealth assistance measures.

Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Regulation of mine safety is the responsibility of state and territory jurisdictions. Although the government, through the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, does collate statistics on compensated mine-related fatalities, these statistics do not provide the level of detail sought.

(2)   Persons affected by such incidents may, in the first instance, receive assistance under state and territory workers’ compensation arrangements. They may also be able to access Commonwealth assistance depending on their particular circumstances.