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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . .

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 23

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 23, dated 22 September 2014, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 23 contains the committee's comments on 13 pieces of subordinate legislation, four government responses and government amendments to the Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Getting home safely report—implementation update

Ministerial statement

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (10.02), by leave: I rise to present the third report on the progress of implementing the recommendations of the Getting home safely report. As members will recall, the report was the outcome of an inquiry commissioned by the government in 2012 into the compliance with work health and safety requirements by the ACT's construction industry. The report made 28 recommendations. The government accepted all recommendations and also committed to presenting to the Assembly six-monthly progress reports on its implementation.

The Safe Work Australia report, Work-related traumatic injury fatalities, Australia 2013, identifies the construction industry as the number three industry for worker fatalities in Australia, behind the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries, and the transport, postal and warehousing industries.

The report highlights that there were 19 recorded fatalities in the construction industry in Australia during last year. Whilst this figure marks the lowest number of fatalities in 11 years, it is still a tragic figure. The impact on families, friends, colleagues and the general community cannot be understated. The deaths that we experienced in the ACT prior to the Getting home safely report are still being felt. We should never lose


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