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25       Industrial Relations— Industrial deaths

Senator O’Neill, also on behalf of Senator Bilyk, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 644—That the Senate—

(a)              recognises that:

(i)                    since the report of the Senate Education and Employment References Committee They never came home - the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia in late 2018, 190 workers have lost their lives in the workplace,

(ii)                  as of 4 June 2020, 78 Australian workers have died on the job this year, and

(iii)                these preventable workplace fatalities highlight the urgent need for industrial manslaughter laws to protect workers;

(b)              congratulates the Victorian, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Northern Territory governments for passing comprehensive industrial manslaughter laws; and

(c)              calls on the Federal Government to act on the recommendations of the They never came home  report, which has been gathering dust since October 2018.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Ayres

Gallagher

McCarthy

Siewert

Bilyk

Green

McKim

Sterle

Carr

Griff

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Hanson

Patrick

Walsh

Ciccone

Hanson-Young

Pratt

Waters

Di Natale

Kitching

Roberts

Watt

Faruqi

Lambie

Sheldon

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Davey

McKenzie

Ruston

Askew

Duniam

McLachlan

Ryan

Bragg

Fawcett

McMahon

Scarr

Brockman

Henderson

Molan

Seselja

Canavan

Hughes

Paterson

Smith, Dean*

Colbeck

Hume

Payne

Van

Cormann

McDonald

Rennick

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.