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Wednesday 28th April 2021

Apr 28th 2021

Wednesday 28th April 2021

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021. 

28th April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. Today is a day of remembrance for those who have died from a work-related injury or illness and a day to focus on the importance of preventing work-related deaths from occurring.

This year's theme for World Day for Safety and Health at work is Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest in resilient OHS/WHS systems. The theme set by the International Labour Organisation recognises the importance of having and maintaining an effective and adaptable OHS/WHS framework.

Although the number of work-related deaths has decreased in Australia over the past decade, there were still 183 fatal injuries at work in 2019. By taking action to minimise risks and raising awareness of work, health and safety issues further deaths and injuries can be prevented.

The theme for Workers Memorial Day 2021, as set by the International Trade Union Conference is ‘Health and Safety are a fundamental workers right’.

View the full article on the Safe Work Australia website

Use of dogs to hunt feral pigs under review. 

The Animal Care and Protection Act and its animal welfare laws are under review, which could include banning the use of dogs to hunt feral pigs.

Agricultural Industry Development Minister Mark Furner wrote to Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto to relay his fears of how this review should worry every feral pest hunter out there.

Mr Dametto said, ‘That’s why Katter’s Australian Party moved quickly to highlight the issue in recent weeks and why I’ve sponsored a petition that calls on the House to do all within its power to prevent a legislative ban on dogs, trapping, baiting, and shooting for controlling feral or pest animals.

‘Pig hunters need to be recognised for the important role they play in protecting our state’s flora and fauna.

‘To prevent the use of dogs for this purpose would hamstring our hunters and spell absolute disaster for managing the feral pest population.’

500 Queenslanders have made submissions. The parliamentary e-petition will close on May 24.

Read the full article on the Cairns Post website.

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