Changes to Work Health and Safety legislation to be introduced to Parliament

The WorkHealth and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Amendment Bill 2019 will beintroduced during Parliamentary Sittings this week.

The Territory Labor Government believes every workerhas the right to go to work and return home safely. This Bill aims to overhaulindustrial manslaughter laws, ensuring all businesses will be penalised forreckless or negligent conduct leading to workplace fatalities.

Currently, only individuals can be charged withindustrial manslaughter with no equivalent penalties for corporations.

Also during Sittings this week, the Youth Justiceand Related Legislation Amendment Bill will be debated.

The Bill, which is part of theGovernments reform of the youth justice system, amends the Youth Justice Act2005, the Bail Act 1992 and the Police Administration Act 1978 to make sureyoung people who do the wrong thing face the consequences but importantly improvesoutcomes for young people who become involved in the youth justice system.

The Bill aimsto remove barriers to youth diversion programs so that young people can facethe consequences of their actions quicker. It will also provide a moreeffective bail application model.

Importantly, it also increases community safety.

Parliament will also debate the EnvironmentProtection Bill and the Electoral Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2019.

Other Bills for introduction during Sittings thisweek are:

  • Local Government Bill 2019;
  • Mental Health and Related Services Amendment Bill 2019;
  • Firearms Legislation Amendment Bill 2019;
  • Evidence and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019; and
  • Sex Industry Bill 2019

Quotesattributable to Acting Leader of Government Business, Gerry McCarthy:

Our Government is introducing and debating a rangeof legislation to Parliament this week that will improve outcomes forTerritorians.

The Bills are part of the Territory LaborGovernments plan for a stronger, safer, fairer Territory.

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