Is the mining industry safe? Peter Jordan talks about the Austar fatalities

Is the mining industry safe? Peter Jordan talks about the Austar fatalities

After yesterday's tragic event, in which two mineworkers lost their lives at Austar mine in the Hunter Valley, Northern District President Peter Jordan has spoken to the ABC's 7.30 program.

He says, "These incidents shouldn't happen. Mine workers should be able to go to work. It is a difficult, dangerous industry, but still, the industry should be able to let these mine workers go home to their families at the end of their shift."

To watch the segment and read the transcript, go to 7.30's website http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s3987274.htm

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Dan Phelan

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