Australia’s election looks like it will miss workplace safety

The Australian Treasurer, Scott Morrison, released his 2016 Budget in early May 2016.  The principal aim of the Budget and Liberal Party election campaign announced on 8 May 2016 is to create “jobs and growth”.  Every one of those jobs should be a safe job for many reasons other than saving lives, but none of the political parties are talking about “safe jobs” even though, particularly in a small business, serious injury resulting from an unsafe job will dramatically impede that company’s growth.  It is worth looking at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s speech after he announced the election campaign to see the campaign points that involve occupational health and safety (OHS).

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