Black Lung: The ones who should have known, didn't know

NEITHER Labor nor LNP ministers were informed of the existence of a report warning that black lung could return.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said he had never seen an American Centers for Disease Control report warning of a possible return of the disease that is also called Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis.

"The report has never been brought to my attention or my staff's," he said.

"The first advice to me about the re-emergence of CWP was the first confirmed case in 2015."

Dr Lynham said his medical training in Newcastle, near the coal-mining Hunter Valley region, included CWP training.

Newman government mines minister Andrew Cripps said the first time he was made aware the disease had returned to Queensland was in 2015 - three years after the report.

"When a number of cases of coal miners' pneumoconiosis re-emerged in Queensland in 2015, as a former mines minister and the current shadow minister for mines, I shared the concerns of all stakeholders connected to the coal sector," Mr Cripps said.

"I first became aware of the issue when it was briefly raised in the Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health's 2015 Annual Report."


- ARM Newsdesk


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