The Victorian government's new workplace manslaughter laws will mean that employers including organisations and senior officers, will be held responsible for workplace deaths.
Deaths including suicide, caused by mental injuries caused in the workplace, as well as accidents caused by dangerous worksites will be covered under the legislation.
As a Workers' Compensation lawyer, the families I have represented who have lost a loved one on a worksite, will be very relieved to hear the legislation is finally in place.
Prior to this legislation in Victoria, even companies found guilty of serious negligence would only face fines. Now, a negligent employer could face jail time of up to 20 years and fines of up to $16.5 million.
WorkSafe Victoria will investigate new offences using their powers under the Occupational Health & Safety Act to ensure perpetrators can be prosecuted.
I welcome this much needed change, as no one should lose their life to a workplace accident or become seriously unwell or injured as a result of the work they do. Hopefully these new laws ensure employers take this responsibility seriously.
Slater and Gordon practice group leader James Carlson
People will find library
It is argued that a new library in Yarrawonga must be in the main shopping street. The current library is in Belmore Street, yet, according to the Goulburn Valley Libraries Annual Report, the number of loans from it decreased from 54,353 in 2014/15 to 49,536 in 2018/19. Most libraries aren't located in main streets.
Community usage of the Wangaratta Library increased greatly when it moved from the main shopping street to the TAFE campus. Few visits to libraries are spontaneous, and visitors looking for a library could be easily directed there by signs, google or the local Visitor Information Centre.
Is it because there are few other sound arguments for the demolition of the community hall and kitchen which have supported events in the Town Hall for 60 years?
The $750,000 Living Libraries grant certainly won't build a library and refurbish the Town Hall.
Moira Shire Council will fund most of the Library project from rates and the sale of the current library site. The response to evidence of the inadequacy of plans for the Community Hub component of the Library is that the events can be held in the clubs. If so, why not locate the Yarrawonga Library in one of the clubs?
Jeanette Wilson, Yarrawonga
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