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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 580 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


580. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Minister for Industrial Relations:

I refer to the recommendations outlined in the National Dust Disease Taskforce: Final report to Minister for Health and Aged Care, which was published in July 2021.

(1) Has the minister considered the report?

(2) What is the government's position on the report's recommendations as they apply to Western Australia?

(3) Is the government consulting with industry on the impact and implications of implementing the recommendations?

(4) If yes to (3), who is conducting that consultation?

(5) Will the minister table the most recent briefing note or similar document that he has received relating to this report?


I provide the following answer as the Minister for Industrial Relations.

(1) The National Dust Disease Taskforce final report is still being considered.

(2) The government's position on the recommendations of the final report is yet to be determined.

(3) Worksafe has been proactive in addressing the re-emergence of silicosis through a range of compliance activities. Within these compliance activities, Worksafe is in direct discussions with industry.

(4) Not applicable.

(5) The government is expecting to have further discussions with the federal Minister for Industrial Relations to progress further work on this matter. Once a position is finalised, the government will provide an update to Parliament in relation to the government's response to the recommendations.