I have been informed today of the tragic death of a mine worker at Baralaba and another serious incident this morning at Collinsville.
I am extremely distressed and concerned that there has been six mining and quarry worker deaths in the last 12 months.
The loss of a life in any workplace at any time is not acceptable. Families should be able to expect that when their loved ones depart for work that they return safe.
I will be following up on discussions held last week by meeting with representatives of the mining industry, including the Queensland Resources Council, CFMEU and AWU and my Department, as a matter of urgency.
I will be making it absolutely clear that this situation is unacceptable and requires action.
I will make further announcements on what action will be taken by this Government after I have considered all the relevant information and outcomes from the meeting.
I offer my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.