Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations: Silicosis

2:20 pm

Photo of Murray WattMurray Watt (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) Share this | Hansard source

I don't think that anyone, or certainly no-one within our government, is saying that the current controls are sufficient. That's exactly why Minister Burke is leading this work nationally involving all state and territory ministers. It is not just unfortunate but a grave dereliction of duty from the former government to have been in power for nearly 10 years, while this information was publicly available, and done nothing about it. Within the first 12 months of our government we are actually taking action.

What I say to the families of those workers who are getting sick now is that they do now have a government in the Albanese Labor government who takes these issues seriously and is actually taking action.


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