miners lives

Lynham must call parliamentary inquiry then quit

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last today said Queensland deserved answers as the community continued to reel from the shocking incident at Moranbah this week.

“Too many tragedies have happened in our mines recently and this is another terrible shock for the industry,” Mr Last said.  “Enough is enough”.

“Labor’s Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said he’d fix this, and he hasn’t.

“Mr Lynham must do two things: convene a parliamentary inquiry into mine safety and then hand in his resignation to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“It’s unforgivable Mr Lynham rejected the LNP’s calls for a full parliamentary inquiry a year ago.

“The list of failures by the Minister is a mile long, but the most telling is the fact that we have lost eight lives in 21 months.

“He is clearly not up to the job of protecting our mine workers.

“When you look at inspections as a whole, there was an 15* per cent reduction in coal mine inspections in 2018-19 compared to 2016-17 and Minister Lynham oversaw that reduction.

“Queensland’s mine and quarry workers, their families and their communities shouldn’t have to put up with a Minister who clearly doesn’t put the safety of workers first.

“I have attended hearings, including one in Moranbah recently, and heard first-hand the concerns of workers.

“There is legislation that is before the Parliament that has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but action should have been taken under the existing laws.

“Four of the five injured miners from Moranbah are currently in the fight of their life.

“My thoughts remain with them, their families and friends during this remarkably difficult time.

“They are receiving the best possible care from our dedicated medical staff.”

*Source: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2019/1045-2019.pdf

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