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Thursday 24 Nov 2016

Did you know Asbestos was made a prohibited substance in Australia in 2003?

Yet 10+ years on Asbestos is still imported with impunity into Australia.

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Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
At it meeting on 9 September 2016, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) granted Virgin Airlines Australia a licence to operate in the Comcare scheme (http://www.srcc.gov.au/latest_news/new_item_on_grant_of_licence_to_virgin_australia). The granting of the licence was opposed by the Australian Federatation of Air Pilots (AFAP), Flight Attendants Association of Australia (FAAA), and Transport Workers Union (TWU).
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Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
The Turnball Government has introduced three Bills to change key aspects of the Seacare workers' compensation scheme and significantly change the OHS laws applying to the maritime industry. It is expected that the three government Bills will be referred to a Senate Committee.
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Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
The Senate has determined to inquire into the asbestos importation scandal. The Senate has directed the Senate Economics Committee to report in early 2017. Submissions to the committee close on 1 December 2016. The terms of reference for the inquiry and other relevant information can be found at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliament_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming45th The establishment of an inquiry is a result of efforts by the ACTU and affiliated unions to draw attention to Members and Senators the failure of the asbestos importation ban which nominally came into f
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Sunday 26 Jun 2016

Given the track record of Coalition governments, the best that could be hoped for at the outset of the Abbott/Turnbull Government was a period of policy stagnation in the areas of occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation.

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Monday 20 Jun 2016

Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd has applied to join the federal Comcare scheme. The application has been lodged with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) which will consider the application at its September 2016 meeting. A copy of the application can be found on the SRCC website.

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Friday 17 Jun 2016

Josh Park-Fing, an 18 year old participant in a work for the dole scheme administered by the Turnbull Government was killed at work in mid-April.

This workplace fatality has highlighted the position that those on Australian Government employment programmes are by legislation excluded from federal occupational health and safety and workers' compensation coverage.  Josh's life was cruelly cut short when he fell from a trailer and suffered a fatal head injury on April 19.

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Thursday 9 Jun 2016

The Comcare national conference will be held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra on 13 & 14 September 2016.

Disappointingly, the conference programme just published online by Comcare reveals there won't be a single speaker speaking from a worker perspective.

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Thursday 9 Jun 2016

THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE
MEMBER FOR GORTON

THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION
MEMBER FOR CORIO
 

ASBESTOS IMPORTATION STATEMENT

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Tuesday 7 Jun 2016

Given the track record of Coalition governments, the best that could be hoped for at the outset of the Abbott/Turnbull Government was a period of policy stagnation in the areas of occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation.

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Monday 6 Jun 2016

A new report shows limited progress in returning sick and injured employees to work - one of the stated aims of the State Government’s savage cuts to workers compensation four years ago.

The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers’ Compensation by Macquarie University’s Centre for Workforce Futures has discovered disturbing trends in the everyday experience of sick and injured workers since 2012.

Among people trying to return to work, it finds regular harassment and bullying, particularly of those suffering psychological injury.

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Friday 3 Jun 2016

At the Safe Work Australia Strategic Issues Group (SIG) - Workers' Compensation meeting today, the ACTU will be raising the policy of the Turnbull Government to deny workers' compensation coverage to work for the dole and Youth Jobs (PaTH) particpants.

The effect of this policy is to create a second tier of Australian workers with fewer benefits, entitlements and protections.

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Wednesday 1 Jun 2016

There are 33 employers licensed by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC) to operate in the Comcare scheme. They are a mix of public and private sector employers.

The Comcare scheme was opened up to the private sector by the Howard Government.

A full list of licensees can be found here.

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Wednesday 1 Jun 2016

The Turnbull Government has directed Safe Work Australia to convene an extraordinary meeting to consider changes that the chemical industry wants made to labelling requirements for AgVet chemical products under the Model WHS Regulations.

The extraordinary meeting will be held on 17 August 2016.

Currently, AgVet chemicals must be assessed and labelled in accordance with the Globally Harmonised System (refer Model WHS Regulations - regulation 330(2) & Schedule 9, Part 3, Regulations 3 & 10).

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Thursday 26 May 2016

The review of Safe Work Australia is part complete. Bryan Russell, appointed by the Minister for Employment Senator Cash to undertake the review, has provided his report to the Australian Department of Employment.

The report will be dealt with by the government following the election on July 2.

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