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Question: Managing Dust Disease and Silicosis

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:15): My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Can he outline what he is going to be doing to address dust diseases, in particular with regard to silicosis and those stone benches that cause both disease and death in our state?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:15): I thank the honourable member for her question. It is indeed an important question. I will bring back a fuller answer, but I know that we have participated in South Australia in national guidelines in terms of dust disease, particularly as it relates to manufactured stone. Some of the conditions, in years gone by but even in recent years, that manufactured stone has been working under have led to a new round of dust diseases.

Of course, dust diseases cause lung damage that is permanent and irreversible and without a cure. So as we have had in years gone by asbestos-related lung diseases, we are seeing it with manufactured stone now. I will get a more complete answer, but I certainly have read since becoming minister the work that's been done nationally on national standards. It is certainly an important issue, and I will provide a fuller answer having a look at exactly where that is up to.

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Question: Historical Homosexual Convictions

June 28, 2024

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Attorney-General on the topic of removing historical homosexual convictions. Leave granted. The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Despite South Australia being the first jurisdiction in this country to...

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Question: Coorong Fish Deaths

June 28, 2024  The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Supplementary: what was the earliest date this year there was a mass fish kill in the South Lagoon? The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am happy to take that...

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