Posted March 06, 2019 13:16:49 “I thought it was a bit strange.
“I didn’t realise he was being paid by a private company. “
“It was a little bit of a shock.” “
In the same year, another miner, Chris McNeill, died after a night shift at the Belmont mine. “
It was a little bit of a shock.”
In the same year, another miner, Chris McNeill, died after a night shift at the Belmont mine.
Mr McNeill was found dead in the mine in May.
A coroner’s inquest into his death was opened in December.
A mining law expert told the ABC the “unprecedented” case was “a prime example of how the mining industry has gone from bad to worse”.
He said it highlighted the need for more oversight and accountability of the industry.
“The mining industry is very complex, and it’s very difficult to get a clear understanding of what is going on,” Professor Robert Watson from Monash University said.
He said the case raised questions about “how the industry should work together to address systemic problems”.
In a statement, the Mining Minister Andrew Hastie said the “safety and welfare” of miners was paramount.
“This incident has also highlighted the importance of industry safety and the need to work together with the community to ensure mining companies are operating safely and in accordance with the law,” he said.
“Miners must have the confidence of the community in their ability to operate safely and responsibly.”
A mining spokesman said Mr Hastie was “aware of the matter and will be making an assessment”.
He added the minister was “not aware of any previous instances of alleged illegal mining activities” and did not know of any “recent investigations” into any illegal mining activity.
Mr Hastis statement read: “This investigation was undertaken by the Federal Government’s Serious and Organised Crime Commission.
It said the investigation was conducted in conjunction with “independent witnesses” and the “Australian Federal Police”. “
At no stage in the investigation did the Minister have any involvement.”
It said the investigation was conducted in conjunction with “independent witnesses” and the “Australian Federal Police”.
Mr Hasties department said it had launched an investigation into the matter.
The mining spokesman did not provide any details about what the investigation found.
The Department of Human Services and Social Services is also investigating.