Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Dust Diseases

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:21): Supplementary: is the Attorney committed to addressing anomalies in our dust diseases laws when it comes to their interaction with the Return to Work scheme to ensure that plaintiffs are not worse off under the Return to Work scheme as they would be under the dust diseases legislation?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:21): I thank the honourable member for her question. I think she raised that last week and I can inform the member that we are investigating and seeking advice from ReturnToWork. Of course, the dust diseases are listed under the South Australian Employment Tribunal that hears cases where—if my memory serves me correctly—negligence has to be proved under the Dust Diseases Act 2005, which is different to the no fault Return to Work Act. So it was an important question to raise and we are investigating it.