Posted on December 7, 2011
Yesterday morning, Mike Hammond of the Australian law firm, Norton Rose, conducted a seminar on the harmonisation of Australia’s work health and safety laws. This was the last in the current series of seminars on this topic but Hammond’s seminar differed considerably from previous sessions. Hammond is clearly less than enamoured with the model Work Safety and Health Act, describing parts of the legislation as “bad law” and asking whether the laws were examples of “social engineering”. Understandably, these comments generated considerable discussion from the audience of around 50 people. The crucial nub of Hammond’s concerns was the lack of essential definitions in the model law.