LNP demands Black Lung Commission of Inquiry

UPDATE: THE Labor MP who has called for a royal commission into black lung is unlikely to support the LNP's calls for a commission of inquiry.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller told ARM Newsdesk she believed the "full powers" of a royal commission were needed to investigate black lung.  

Earlier this year Ms Miller called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to launch a royal commission.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller DAN PELED


EARLIER: QUEENSLAND'S parliament will vote on an LNP motion calling for a Commission of Inquiry into black lung on Thursday.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls in parliament on Thursday called for the inquiry to be formed within the next 30 days.

He said it would give coal miners "the answers they deserve".

Although the mining union and Labor Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller have called for a Royal Commission into black lung the Queensland Government has rejected those calls.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and Ms Miller have been contacted for comment on the motion.

Mr Nicholls said the government had "botched" the handling of black lung's re-emergence.

"Labor's rejection of a Royal Commission into the disease was a kick in the guts for coal miners and shows the Palaszczuk Labor Government refuses to take this issue seriously.

"It's not good enough for them to say they have the management of this disease under control, when we're seeing more coal miners diagnosed. The government needs to act and act fast.

"A Commission of Inquiry would provide the comprehensive and co-ordinated response needed to address the issue of black lung and its impacts on coal miners and their families."

Mr Nicholls comments come despite black lung review author Malcolm Sim praising Dr Lynham's response to his report.

Dr Lynham has previously rejected calls for a Royal Commission saying action on stopping the disease was needed now not after a lengthy inquiry. - ARM NEWSDESK

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