Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2392 ..
Omit all words after paragraph (1)(b), substitute:
“(c) the aligned values of the Australian Labor Party and the labour movement;
(d) WorkSafe ACT’s role as the regulator of the Territory’s health and safety and workers compensation laws through a mixture of education and compliance activities;
(e) the vital importance of ensuring that new workers are informed of their workplace rights and responsibilities and protected from threats to their health, safety and welfare, because of the particular vulnerability of these workers; and
(f) the duty of government schools to be responsive to community needs and prepare students to be independent and effective local and global citizens; and
(2) supports the Government continuing to make sure that students in all schools have appropriate access to expert advice on workplace rights and responsibilities and health, safety and welfare.”.
I hope that all members of this place can take a moment to reflect on and support the amendment and the government’s continuing to make sure that students in all schools have appropriate access to expert advice on workplace rights and responsibilities and health, safety and welfare.
I also again extend an invitation to Mr Wall to attend the presentation—he has yet to accept the offer—so that he can see for himself and satisfy himself that the presentation delivers exactly what it is intended to, and that is to provide expert advice on workplace rights and responsibilities and health, safety and welfare. I commend my amendment to Mr Wall’s motion to the Assembly.
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.37): I rise to speak on the motion brought forward by Mr Wall. While the Greens will not be supporting the motion as originally brought forward, I will take the opportunity to speak on the important issue of workplace safety and the education of young people about their workplace rights and entitlements.
Too frequently we have heard the stories of those who have been impacted by workplace injury. These stories extend to the workers themselves, as well as to their families, partners and parents. It is an unfortunate reality that some of these incidents have involved young people who have received no training or induction about proper workplace safety procedures or education about the protections their employers are required to put in place to ensure their safety.