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CFMEU talk with Qld govt on new work laws

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Darren Cartwright

The Queensland government is consulting with the CFMEU about reframing industrial work laws to include the offence of gross negligence causing death.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace is currently conducting a best practice audit of Queensland Workplace Health and Safety systems and processes.

The audit follows the death of two men at a construction site in the infield of Eagle Farm Racecourse on October 6 and the death of four people at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast on October 25.

CFMEU spokesman Andrew Ramsay says the laws being proposed will be more effective and have more meaning to workers than the current legislation.

"We are in negotiations (with Grace Grace) and we are trying to give it the polish it needs to make it an effective piece of legislation," Mr Ramsay told AAP.

"A lot of these companies that get fined, they've gone broke anyway so the money doesn't mean jack."

Ms Grace told AAP the Labor government was not only conducting a safety audit into the state's theme parks but also reviewing industrial laws.

She said it was imperative that workplace health and safety processes were keeping pace with international research and technologies.

"The audit will also consider whether existing penalties under the WHS legislation are sufficient, as well as ensuring we have best practice international standards," she said.

"Our immediate focus remains on completing the theme park safety audits by the end of November to ensure public confidence and assure theme park visitors that they are operating at world-class standards.

"Once these audits are completed, the best practice audit will get under way and as part of this process, we will consider a new workplace offence of gross negligence causing death."

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