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Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Pike River Report

While Kate Wilkinson has resigned as Labour Minister, it is clear from the Royal Commission Pike River report that the contributing factors were

(a) rooted in legislative changes made 20 years ago, and perpetuated under governments led by National and Labour and
(b) that New Zealand’s health and safety problems in the workplace extend far beyond the mining industry.

That is why the crucial proposal in the Royal Commission report is the setting up of a stand-alone Crown entity that would be dedicated to improving health and safety, across all industry sectors. So far, this has been the only recommendation on which the Key government is dragging its feet. The government wants more time to consider the proposal.

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