Report from Building Unions Rally, Queens Park Brisbane on 2 Dec 2008.
At the rally two women came up on stage – one was the partner of one of the workers
who had died after a fall of a swinging gantry at a Gold coast high rise (pictured) on 21 June 2008.
She asked her friend (the other woman on stage) to read out her statement about the lack of occupational health and safety that had killed her partner. Her courage matched her partner’s concern for the lack of safety on the job where he was working – where was the ABCC to prevent his death? Where was Kevin Rudd at the time? Well he was at “the Queensland Labor Party conference across the road from the site of the accident near the time it occurred” [See SMH article 25-storey death plunge]
“He offered his condolences to the victims’ families.” – Kevin Rudd as reported in SMH on 22 June 2008.
The day prior to the rally (1 December 2008) two workers were struck by a falling beam in a bus tunnel at Buranda in Brisbane (one died, the other badly injured).