Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 I commend to honourable members the work of the Conservation Commission in thi s area. The work of the offi cers throughout the commi ss i on is a credit to the Northern Territory. Every Territorian should be exceptionally proud of the work done by the staff of the Conservation Commission, and the development work that has been effected in the short time since 1984. That work inc 1 uded the dec i s i on to acqu ire 1 and ina pastora 1 area, the process of acquisition, organisation and planning, and evolution to the stage where we have now formally declared a major national park for Australia. That that has been done in the space of a scant 6 years is a matter of great pride. It continues the very proud record of a world-class organisation. Motion agreed to. MINE MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 288) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr COULTER (Mines and Energy): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. In May this year, this House debated and passed the Mine Management Bill. This innovative piece of legislation portrays the present-day ph i losophy on occupat i ona 1 health and safety, and the current concern for the environment within the mining industry. Since the third reading of that legislation, I have been approached by interested parties regarding some aspects of secti'on 40. Section 40 isa provision that allows the body of mine workers to elect 2 persons experienced in the type of work at the mine to inspect thatmi ne to ascerta in that the mi ne is safe to work. Th ismay seem an archaic provision, particularly in this world of instant communication, but the provision is sensible as it may take some time fora government mi n i ng engi neer to reach an out-of-the-way mi ni ng 1 ocat i on and inspect the mine. There had been some concern that the body of mi ne workers mi ght elect 2 persons to inspect the' mine, and those 2 persons could stop mine production or processing by leaving their normal duties to go and inspect another part of the mine. The simplest answer to the situation was to have the mine inspected by off-shift mine workers and so remove the chance of a production hold-up. They would not be paid for that inspection activity, but they would be covered by worker's compensation insurance. Mr Speaker, you may recall that, in the committee debate on the Mine Management Bi 11, some concern was expressed about section 40, and I said that I would review it to ensure that it was not subject to abuse. Since then, I have reassessed the situation and I am of the opinion that mine workers should be paid for the inspection activity. The Mine Management Amendment Bill ensures that the 2 elected mine workers mayi nspect the mine during their normal sh i ftand be paid for the inspection activity. However, it does preclude the election of those persons who, by neg 1 ect i ng thei r norma 1 dut i es to inspect another part of the mine, would cause a production disruption or stoppage. It places the same burden on the body of mi ne workers not to elect such workers for that inspection activity . I wish to make it clear to all parties that, if any abuse of th i s amendment occurs, I wi 11 have no hes itat i on in revert i ng to the original provisions. ' I firmly believe that this amendment will promote cooperation between mine management and mine workers to achieve the goal of hea lth, safety and envi ronment protect i on that is needed in modern industrial practice. 9927
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