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Industrial manslaughter law passed in NT


Industrial manslaughter legislation has been passed in the Northern Territory parliament, with businesses now facing penalties for a workplace deaths if found to be reckless or negligent.


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Previously, only individuals could be charged with manslaughter for a workplace fatality, and only if provisions under the Northern Territory’s criminal code were met.

The maximum penalty for an individual under the new provisions is life in jail.

A business found guilty could face a maximum fine of $10 million.

“The rates of deaths and injuries at Territory worksites have been too high for too long,” Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said.

“Territory workers have a right to go to work and return home safely.

“These laws will help protect Territorians at their place of work, and mean employers are on notice about unsafe practices and sites.”

South Australia does not have industrial manslaughter laws.

Numerous attempts to introduce such legislation through private members bills have not been supported by the Labor or Liberal parties.

-with AAP

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