Senate debates

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Occupational Health and Safety

4:06 pm

Photo of Scott LudlamScott Ludlam (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

by leave—I move an amendment to the motion:

Omit paragraphs (a) and (b), substitute:

(a) calls on the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations to provide the Senate with a detailed report before 27 July 2013 on asbestos in telecommunications pits and the responsibilities of Telstra, the Government, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the National Broadband Network Corporation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011; and

Just so that senators are aware, we support the motion Senator Abetz has brought to the chamber. We think a two-day reporting obligation is, frankly, unreasonable. We disagree with some of the contentions in the preamble. We have added the word 'Telstra' to the list of entities whereby we are seeking to establish responsibility. Other than that, I commend this amendment to the chamber.


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