Black lung parliamentary inquiry heads to Ipswich

The next round of hearings for the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis select committee’s inquiry into the resurgence of black lung is being held in Ipswich, Queensland today.

A number of victims, community members and experts will give evidence to highlight the impacts of black lung on workers and the community.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth hoped the hearings would provide answers for the victims and families of the disease, and “get the facts on the table about what went wrong and why”.

More hearings will be held in Brisbane and other QLD regional areas throughout the month and into December.

The committee will provide a final report to the Legislative Assembly by April 12 2017.

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