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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Roundtable to look at new WHS laws

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Roundtable to look at new WHS laws

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will chair a roundtable discussion today with industry groups to examine the national Workplace Health and Safety Laws introduced in Queensland in January.

    Mr Bleijie said the Government was committed to getting the state’s finances back on track, by encouraging Queensland businesses and supporting safe and productive workplaces.

    “For too long, business in this State has been taken for granted,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “The previous Government’s view on Workplace Health and Safety was all about regulation and red tape, which strangles business and reduces productivity and flexibility.

    “The Newman Government wants to work with the business sector, not over-regulate it and not tell companies how to run their operations.

    “Unlike the previous Government, we trust business wants to do the right thing as they don’t want a reputation for dropping the safety ball.

    “During debate of Work Health and Safety Act 2011 last year, the LNP raised concerns and advised of possible future amendments if the laws were not well received."

    Mr Bleijie said the purpose of the roundtable was to get a full understanding of the impact of the implementation and operation of these laws.

    “I want to hear from businesses and workers directly affected by the new laws on whether aspects of the legislation are unworkable or have compliance or cost burdens,” he said.

    “Given it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe workplace for staff, it is essential that Government listens to how this can be best achieved.

    “By working with employers to create safer workplaces, we aim to reduce the overall number of workplace injuries and also improve business efficiency and labour productivity.”

    “While we want to ensure there is a strong focus on work health and safety standards and improved safety outcomes, we do not want to impose unnecessary burdens on business.”

    Industry groups attending the round table include the Chamber of Commerce, National Retailers Association, Australian Industry Group, Australian Workers Union, Master Builders Association, LGAQ and Queensland Council of Unions.

    Media contact: Lisa O’Donnell – 0400 986 432