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WA won't be bullied into national OH&S

Western Australia will not be bullied by the federal government into joining the other states in a national occupational health and safety regime, Treasurer Troy Buswell says.

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Bruce Rock WA
Minister Buswell's rantings on the subject of the national OHS model legislation is yet another instance of the pot calling the kettle black. He is entirely correct that the new model legislation touted weighs heavily in favour of union involvement, and bestows extreme authority onto workplace health and safety representatives (HSR's), and does little to actually address good OHS management. He should however be reminded that Federal legislation overrules State legislation every time, so throwing a hissy fit and claiming that WA does not to want to play with the rest of the country is infantile. Let's have a quick look at the wonderful legislation and State agencies that he feels deliver better OHS management that the proposed federal model; We have a Code of Practice on Fatigue Management which is ambiguity in art form. We have the state Worksafe agency which refuses to offer opinions or advice, other than with a disclaimer ratio attached of 25:1 And let's not forget the Mines Safety Inspectorate who only seem to attend a worksite after the fatality has occurred. What is chilling in its absence in both current State and proposed Federal legislation is that nowhere are professional OHS practitioners mentioned at all! As for using workplace deaths as a political tool, I would suggest to the Minister to attend the next fatality on-site before they remove the body, and to feel the raw emotion of a wasted life which should not have been. Then let's have his comments.

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