CFMEU airs new ad on mine safety

Joanne Ufer has addressed State Parliament, urging against safety legislation reforms.
Joanne Ufer has addressed State Parliament, urging against safety legislation reforms.

DEATH made an appearance in new adverts on prime time TV, as the CFMEU mounted its latest campaign against the State Government's proposed safety legislation changes.

The airing of the new commercials coincides with Joanne Ufer speaking in the last parliamentary sitting for the year yesterday.

Mrs Ufer, whose son Joshua was killed in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster in New Zealand, was granted permission to address the chamber yesterday by Mines Minister Andrew Cripps.

She used the time to appeal to the government to halt its proposed legislative changes.

"Mine safety is a matter of life and death," Mrs Ufer said.

"My family will never recover from what happened to Joshua but I wanted to make sure the government knew the implications of messing with a safety system acknowledged to be the best in the world."

Mrs Ufer's address is the latest move by the union, to appeal to the State Government, which it said was under pressure from the Queensland Resources Council to remove the powers of mine check inspectors and place the authority in the hands of mine management.

The CFMEU has declared any move to remove check inspectors, who have the power to halt production, would reverse the lessons learnt from the Pike River Royal Commission.

The inquiry found independent figures with the ability to monitor safety without regard for production output increased mine safety.

CFMEU Queensland secretary Tim Whyte urged the QRC to drop its proposal to deregulate safety.

"Queensland has the safest mining industry in the world - why mess with it?" he said.

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