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


Bill to impose Queensland mining regulations

16 November 2012

Bill to impose Queensland mining regulations

West Coast Tasman Labour MP Damien O’Connor is pushing for New Zealand underground miners to be guaranteed the same regulatory protection their Queensland counterparts enjoy, as recommended by the Pike River Royal Commission.

“Our miners need better regulatory protection now and the Queensland regulations offer the fastest way of doing that.

“I will be putting a Bill that imposes the Queensland Underground Mines Regulations on all New Zealand mines into the next ballot after consultation with my colleagues.

“The Pike River Royal Commission recommended such change and to wait around for a Government that has been slow to heed warnings in the area of workers safety would be negligent.

“The Bill complements one put forward by my colleague, Andrew Little, that will impose liability on irresponsible company directors who fail to protect workers in their company.

“Monday is the anniversary of the most tragic day in recent mining and workplace history. We all have to learn from the terrible mistakes that were allowed to happen at Pike River mine and take swift action to implement recommendations of the Royal Commission.

“Prime Minister John Key has to step up as well and reassure families that money is available for the recovery of their men now that a re-entry plan has been developed for the mine drift.

“Monday will be an enormously poignant day for the families, and the West Coast mining community. We all have a responsibility to honour them with progress on the Royal Commission's findings and recommendations,” said Damien O’Connor.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news