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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 17 Sept 2009) . . Page.. 4189 ..


ACTION bus service—occupational health and safety

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and relates to occupational health and safety. Minister, on Thursday, 10 September 2009, the Canberra Times reported on a case of an ACTION driver who pleaded guilty to a high-range drink-driving offence on 30 April. The Chief Magistrate said:

We have only God to thank that no one was seriously injured, because this really could have been an unmitigated disaster.

In the six months since the incident, what measures have you taken to ensure that ACTION’s occupational health and safety policies are working?

MR HARGREAVES: The day-to-day administration of workplace occupational safety matters rests with the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services.

Mr Smyth: But you have overarching responsibility.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, do you wish to take the question up?

MR HARGREAVES: That is the answer.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson to ask a supplementary.

MR HANSON: Minister, what occupational health and safety assessments have you made of all ACT government employees involved in driving government vehicles.

MR HARGREAVES: The enforcement of compliance against, for and with occupational health and safety standards rests with the Office of Regulatory Services, which sits within the portfolio of the Attorney-General.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question?

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Coe has the floor.

MR COE: Minister, is ACTION’s sifting process that allowed this driver to continue working consistent with government occupational health and safety requirements?

MR HARGREAVES: I have answered that question.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question?

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, are the ACT’s occupational health and safety standards satisfactory for the broader transport sector?


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