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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1504..


Fireworks

(Question No 154)

Ms Dundas asked the Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 7 May 2002:

1. With regards to the sale and manufacture of fireworks, how many licenses have been issued by WorkCover over the last three years.

2. How many have WorkCover refused to issue.

3. Of the licenses that WorkCover has refused, how many have been appealed by the applicants.

4. What has been the outcome of these appeals.

5. For licenses that have been issued, has WorkCover attached any special conditions.

6. In each case, what were those conditions.

7. Did WorkCover actively oppose the appeal of their decisions.

8. If so, what were the total legal costs associated with WorkCovers appeals.

9. In each case, who conducted the appeals for WorkCover.

10. How many licenses have been issued, reissued or renewed without legal action by the applicants.

11. In answer to Question on Notice 107, paragraph 5, the Minister cites five ACT WorkCover inspectors and 'other staff within Government' who are delegated specific powers to help monitor the sale and manufacture of fireworks under the Act - what authority exists under the Act to do this.

12. How many 'others' are delegated.

13. Who delegates the power.

14. How many people/officers have been delegated in the past three years.

15. In answer to Question on Notice 107, paragraph 7, the Minister cites that the General Manager of WorkCover attended two inspections - did any legal action follow from these inspections. If so, what are those actions.

16. In answer to Question on Notice 107, paragraph 8, the Minister states that ACT WorkCover refers briefs to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), how many 'briefs' have been provided by WorkCover to the Director of Public Prosecutions against individuals and companies engaged in the ACT Fireworks industry.

17. Of those briefs, how many has the DPP progressed to the point of prosecution since 1 December 1999 to the present date.

18. How many briefs has the DPP declined to prosecute since 1 December 1999 to the present date.

19. In answer to Question on Notice 107, paragraph 10, the Minister states that no figures in relation to charges and prosecutions have been compiled. The 2000-2001 Annual Report of the Office of the Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner states the cost is $0.075m due to increased legal costs, therefore what were the actual costs in the financial year 2000-2001.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) With regards to the sale and manufacture of fireworks, how many licenses have been issued by WorkCover over the last three years.

In the three years to 1 May 2002, ACT WorkCover has issued 26 licences to sell fireworks and 3 licences to manufacture fireworks. A number of these licences have subsequently been renewed during this period.


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