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Issue 365 - 14 February 2013

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Right to silence clarified
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Right to silence clarified

A bill to amend work health and safety right-to-silence laws has been introduced into the SA parliament.

The Work Health and Safety (Self-Incrimination) Amendment Bill 2013 amends section 172 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

It provides greater certainty that individuals, not corporations, are protected from self-incrimination under WHS laws, SA Industrial Relations Minister John Rau said in a media statement.

“During last year’s debate on [WHS] laws, the Liberals in the Legislative Council moved an amendment regarding self-incrimination protection—the right to silence,” he said.

As a result of the amendment, the law may protect companies as well as individuals, which is unacceptable, he said.

“Corporations, at common law, do not enjoy the protection against self-incrimination that individuals do.

"If corporations were to be granted the privilege against self-incrimination, it could seriously compromise future investigations into workplace fatalities and serious incidents.”

For more details, see Rau's website

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