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17    Health— Occupationally-acquired lung disease

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 388—That the Senate—

               (a)       acknowledges the findings of the Queensland Parliament’s recent report, Black lung, white lies , detailing ‘catastrophic failings’ in public administration, including the detection of coal workers pneumoconiosis, or Black Lung disease, in 21 coal workers since 2015;

               (b)       condemns the failings across government and industry identified in the report;

                (c)       urges all stakeholders to adopt the 68 recommendations of the report to avoid further diagnoses of Black Lung disease in the future;

               (d)       recognises the strong advocacy of the CFMEU in relation to Black Lung in Queensland;

                (e)       notes that occupational lung diseases are estimated to kill 3000 Australians every year, extending far beyond asbestosis, mesothelioma and Black Lung disease, often originating in non-unionised workplaces, such as stone-cutting and nail salons;

                (f)       notes the serious concerns raised by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and Lung Foundation Australia with respect to the prevalence and management of occupationally-acquired lung disease, not only Black Lung, and the lack of a nationally coordinated system for reporting; and

                (g)       calls for the establishment of a national register for occupationally-acquired lung disease.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), Senator Roberts and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Leave refused : The Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation (Senator Hanson) sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Question put and passed.

At 12.45 pm—