Left-wing senator wants employers to face jail time

Private members bill calls for jail terms of up tp 25 years and fines up to $50 million
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 08/27/2004

An Australian senator is hoping to hold negligent employers criminally responsible for the death of an employee in the workplace.

Senator Kerry Nettle, a member of The Greens party — a left-wing party that isn’t in power — said he will introduce a private members bill into Australia’s federal parliament. The bill provides jail terms of up to 25 years or $5 million AUS in fines if an employer is found to be responsible for the death of a worker. Corporations could also face fines of up to $50 million AUS, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Currently the Australian Capital Territory — the area around Canberra — is the only jurisdiction in the country that has industrial manslaughter legislation.