Really? Bypass Act brought in due to Pike River tragedy?

LETTER

Re: Kudos to Andrew Little for Pike River commitment, October 31 editorial.

Surely they can’t contract out of the Health and Safety Act, or go in “at their own risk” as has been suggested.

The Government must have to pass special legislation to allow them to bypass the Health and Safety Act that was introduced because of the Pike River mine tragedy. The irony is delicious.

But if they don’t go in then the families, after all the political posturing, will rightly feel they have been had.

G.R. Webb

Re: Kudos to Andrew Little for Pike River commitment, October 31 editorial.

Surely they can’t contract out of the Health and Safety Act, or go in “at their own risk” as has been suggested.

The Government must have to pass special legislation to allow them to bypass the Health and Safety Act that was introduced because of the Pike River mine tragedy. The irony is delicious.

But if they don’t go in then the families, after all the political posturing, will rightly feel they have been had.

G.R. Webb

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Donald Robson - 17 days ago
I'd like to see the response of some Pike River families to your evident pleasure in the "delicious irony" of overcoming excuses to get some genuine commitment to find their loved ones' remains.
Lack of regulatory monitoring of the irresponsible and blindly profit-driven company that caused the incident was compounded by so many broken promises by the Key government, and escape clauses for the guilty parties. For you to suggest that a fresh look by the new government to possible law changes in order to help those still grieving should be constrained by the laws belatedly brought in by the previous one is unfortunate. To talk of "delicious irony" is callous tribal pettiness.

G R Webb - 14 days ago
Donald, I will happily drive you to Pike River, give you a canary and a healthy supply of candles to help you find your way. But please go alone into the drift. We do not want you endangering the lives of others.

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