Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC has renewed the call for South Australia to pass Industrial Manslaughter laws, following an announcement from the Queensland government.
"South Australia also needs specific laws to protect employees and prevent employers from taking shortcuts that may endanger lives,” Ms. Franks said. “Industrial Manslaughter is a law that reflects quite reasonable community expectations that making a living shouldn't cause a death.
“Queensland will now soon enjoy the protection of legislation deterring negligent employers through harsh penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment for individuals and $10 million fines for corporate offenders. South Australians deserve the same sort of protections.”
The Queensland government announced the Industrial Manslaughter legislation in response to a review commissioned after last year’s Dreamworld ride disaster.
“In SA, the current law isn't delivering that expected justice for industrial deaths; Jorge Castillo-Riffo died without justice following an accident at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site in 2014 and now his family are left without their day in court. We shouldn’t have to wait for a Dreamworld style tragedy to happen here before we change our state laws to ensure justice for grieving families,” she concluded.
The Greens have twice introduced Industrial Manslaughter bills into the South Australian parliament and Ms. Franks has vowed to continue to campaign for this new law throughout the upcoming state election, putting pressure on the Labor Party to support safety in the workplace.