Dr Christian Rowan MP, the State Member for Moggill, has spoken out about Labor’s Workplace Health and Safety laws that are another example of payback to the union bosses and proves the Palaszczuk Labor Government is run by factional war lords and union thugs.
Dr Rowan together with Shadow Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister Ian Walker said key changes in the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 to remove the 24-hour right-of-entry notification to none at all and the watering down of penalties for the breach of that right of entry condition, showed Labor had been held captive by the CFMEU.
“This bill isn’t about safety. It smacks of a crisis-plagued government repaying its debts to union bosses.”
“Queensland construction sites are being held to ransom by militant CFMEU officials who have scant regard for the rule of law and are all about bullying, intimidation and standover tactics rather than actual issues of workplace safety.
“Even former Premier Peter Beattie has urged Queensland Labor to issue the CFMEU a show-cause notice as to why they should remain in the party.”
Dr Rowan said “This bill plays directly into the CFMEU’s hands and is far from a show-cause notice.”
“Any changes that increase the powers and abilities of the CFMEU should be deferred until the federal royal commission into union governance and corruption has finalised its report.”
“The Housing Industry Association said there no evidence to suggest such rights led to better safety and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported maintaining the 24-hour right-of-entry notification because it provided consistency with other provisions in the act and in the Fair Work Act.”
Dr Rowan said, “even the Australian Mines and Metal Association
said the proposed laws would provide an environment rife for misuse of entry
“Labor promised at the 2015 election it would consult with Queenslanders, but it clearly hasn’t bothered when it comes to these laws”, Dr Rowan said.
“Queenslanders didn’t vote for this.”