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Tighter laws to protect coal miners against black lung

Tighter rules to protect Queensland miners from coal workers pneumoconiosis will officially kick in from January 1. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr...

Black lung victim: ‘I thought I was safe’

The following is a statement from Paul Head, 55, who is Australia’s first open cut miner to be diagnosed with black lung disease.  I’ve worked in coal mining for 31 years, I worked at the...

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Fourth case of black lung confirmed in a week

A fourth case of black lung has been confirmed in less than a week, bringing the total number of coal miners diagnosed to 11. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines announced the latest victim...

Redundancy pay could be capped for coal miners

Redundancy pay could be capped at nine years for coal miners if a Fair Work Commission move is successful. Every four years the Black Coal Mining Industry Award, which outlines the minimum terms and...

Black Lung: Union says gov’t needs to do more

A sixth black lung case has been confirmed in Queensland, with a 51-year-old electrician diagnosed last week. The diagnosis comes just days after Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced a five-point...

New five-point plan to protect coal miners’ health

The Queensland Government has released a five-point plan to tackle an important health issue for the state’s past and current coal miners. Natural Resources and Mines Minister and Acting Health...

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