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Monday 20 Jul 2015

A highly successful forum hosted by Cancer Council Australia was held in Sydney on 18 May 2015. To view the presentations click here.

Presenters at the forum included Dr Deb Vallance from the AMWU.

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Thursday 9 Jul 2015
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Friday 19 Jun 2015

The Abbott Government has released the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014-2018. This plan supersedes the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2013-2018 approved by then Minister Shorten in July 2013. The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management 2013-2018 has been removed from the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency website.

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Friday 19 Jun 2015

The Rotterdam Convention meetings were held in Geneva in May 2015. At the meeting, Australia supported the listing of chrysotile asbestos in Annexure 3 to the convention. Requiring unanimous support, the establishment of a worldwide ban was opposed by a number of countries including Russia, Brazil and China.

Global union confederations Industriall and Building Workers International organised a protest in Geneva on 12 May. This action was instigated by the AMWU and CFMEU.

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Wednesday 17 Jun 2015

The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has handed down its report into the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Improving the Comcare Scheme) Bill 2015.

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Monday 15 Jun 2015

The Australian Government has advertised the CEO poasition at Safe Work Australia (SWA). The agency leads the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. Membership of SWA comprises representatives of the federal, state and terrritory governments, ACTU and employer bodies.

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Monday 15 Jun 2015

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) has rubber stamped dramatic changes to the Comcare licencing system announced by Federal Liberal IR Minister Eric Abetz in January 2015.

Private sector businesses can leave their State workers' compensation scheme by becoming Comcare licensees. Prior to the change, initial Comcare licences were granted by the SRCC for a period of 2 years and licence extensions were for a period of 4 years. The change to an 8 year licence was strongly pursued by the private sector licensees and their lobby group.

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Monday 4 May 2015

Workers'Memorial Day procession

 

Each year in advance of Workers’ Memorial Day — April 28 — a group in Philadelphia tries to tally every job-related death that occurred in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware the previous year.

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Monday 4 May 2015

The Abbott Government has announced changes which dilute the Building and Construction OHS Accreditation scheme. The scheme was put in place by the Howard Government following the Cole Royal Commissission in recognition of the high incidence of serious injuries and fatalities in the building and construction industry.

The Australian Strategy 2012-2022 developed by Safe Work Australia lists the building and construction industry as a national priority for prevention activities.

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Friday 1 May 2015

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Monday 27 Apr 2015

The Australian Financial Review, Monday 27 April 2015; page 5

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Thursday 16 Apr 2015

Despite a ban which makes it illegal to import asbestos into Australia, there are few obstacles in the way of the deadly substance being brought into Australia. Since the ban came into efferct in January 2004, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has only prosecuted two businesses. If the Australian Government was serious about preventing the importation of asbestos, it would issue clear advice to the customs service to do its job and give it the resources it needs. Lives depend on it!

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Monday 13 Apr 2015

Read this interesting article with appeared in The Age newspaper on 12 April 2015 about people in inscure work having a heightenedrisk of health problems http://www.theage.com.au/national/health-problems-associated-with-intermittent-employment-undercut-jobactive-emphasis-on-shortterm-work-20150412-1mi4se.html

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Thursday 9 Apr 2015

The Cancer Council Australia is to host a forum on Monday 18 May 2015 at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney to explre occupational cancer risks within Australia and abroad. Download the flyer here.

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Thursday 9 Apr 2015

In a disappointing move, the Abbott Government has blocked the participation of Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe at a technical workshop held last week in Geneva, Switzerland. The techical workshop was a prepatory meeting ahead of the Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to be held in May 2015. At the last conference of the Parties in 2011, the Australian Government played an active role in the campaign to have asbestos listed on Annexure 3 to the Rotterdam Convention.

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