Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Volunteer fire-fighters another example of madness

Roger Sowry

National Transport Spokesperson

6th December 2002

Volunteer fire-fighters another example of OSH Bill madness

The fact that volunteer fire-fighters will still be liable under the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Bill is just a further indication that the Government's amendments regarding volunteers do not go far enough, says National Party Industrial Relations spokesperson Roger Sowry.

"These fire-fighters put their lives on the line every day, and now they will potentially be liable for massive fines if something goes wrong. Volunteer Fire Chiefs can often be in charge of a whole incident scene -
and being in charge can potentially make them liable for the safety of everyone there," said Mr Sowry.

"Why would you want to be a volunteer fire chief now? Is it worth risking the massive fines?

"This issue raises another point about the bill that very few people were familiar with. The volunteers themselves may be liable for fines of up to $250,000, because the principal act includes a section which makes employees liable for endangering themselves or any other person.

"Of course, this level of fines extends to every employee out there - not just volunteers. Perhaps the Union bosses so staunchly defending this legislation should explain that to their memberships.

"This bill continues to throw up flawed clauses that potentially endanger the public or penalise the most vulnerable organisations in our community. It is time the bill was withdrawn," says Roger Sowry.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Jami-Lee Ross Saga

In the end, the Jami-Lee Ross tweet about secretly taping his leader and promising to use it – assuming that such a tape exists, and wasn’t just being conjured out of thin air as a random threat – is a more serious offence than the original leak.

After all, even the PWC report hadn’t finally and definitively pointed the finger of blame at Ross, but had cited him merely as the most likely suspect. More>>

Press Conference Video: Jami-Lee Ross Plans By-Election, Police Complaint
National MP Jami-Lee Ross is to resign his seat and step down from the National Party, and will stand as an independent in any by-election for his Botany seat... Speaking to media at Parliament, he alleged Mr Bridges had broken electoral donation law and said he would put in an official police complaint. More>>


Fate Of Tahr Sealed: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>


PM's Press Conference: Fuel And Leaks

Other topics included the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, the relation between the Government moves against high fuel prices and the commitment to act on climate change, NZTA's failures in compliance checks ... More>>


New Hager Investigation: War Crimes, Sexual Assaults And Coverups In Armed Forces

A string of current and ex-New Zealand Defence Force staff have contacted Hager since the book he co-authored with Jon Stephenson – Hit & Run – was published in March 2017... More>>


Israel's Anti-Boycott Law: NZ Activists Fined Over Lorde Cancellation Raise $12k For Charity

New Zealand activists being fined in Israel for urging pop singer Lorde to cancel her concert have raised more than $12,000 for a Palestinian charity. More>>


NZEI: Teacher Shortage Plan Falls Short

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Government's announcement of new initiatives to address the growing teacher shortage, but says teaching must become a sustainable career choice if there is to be a long-term solution… More>>





InfoPages News Channels