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Austrian president warns against ‘politics of scapegoating’ on anniversary of Nazi pogrom

President Alexander Van der Bellen. Photo: AFP

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen warned against “the politics of scapegoating” on Thursday as his country marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazis' anti-Semitic Kristallnacht pogrom.

“We must see history as an example of where the politics of scapegoating, incitement, and exclusion can lead,” Van der Bellen said at a commemorative event at the former site of the Leopoldstadt synagogue, which was Vienna's biggest until it was destroyed in two days of anti-Jewish violence on November
8th and 9th 1938.

In Austria, the pogrom lead to the deaths of least 30 Jews, the imprisonment of 7,800 more and the deportation of 4,000 to the Dachau concentration camp.

While history never repeats itself exactly, Van der Bellen said, there were situations and political rhetoric that “pointed to similarities”.

“Let us be vigilant that degradation, persecution, and the stripping away of rights may never again be repea..

President Alexander Van der Bellen. Photo: AFP

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen warned against "the politics of scapegoating" on Thursday as his country marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazis' anti-Semitic Kristallnacht pogrom.

"We must see history as an example of where the politics of scapegoating, incitement, and exclusion can lead," Van der Bellen said at a commemorative event at the former site of the Leopoldstadt synagogue, which was Vienna's biggest until it was destroyed in two days of anti-Jewish violence on November
8th and 9th 1938.

In Austria, the pogrom lead to the deaths of least 30 Jews, the imprisonment of 7,800 more and the deportation of 4,000 to the Dachau concentration camp.

While history never repeats itself exactly, Van der Bellen said, there were situations and political rhetoric that "pointed to similarities".

"Let us be vigilant that degradation, persecution, and the stripping away of rights may never again be repeated in our country or in Europe," he insisted.

The president, a former leader of the Green Party, has on occasion criticised the hardline stance on immigration taken by the government formed last year between the centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).

The FPÖ counted former Nazis among its founders when it was set up after the war.

Recently it has vigorously condemned racism, including anti-Semitism, but at the same time has been embroiled in a number of embarrassing controversies over the activities of some of its members.

'Windows smashed'

The event at the site of the former Leopoldstadt synagogue also saw the inauguration of a light installation, one of 25 across the city as part of a project to mark locations of synagogues destroyed during the pogrom.

Also on Thursday evening, Vienna's Jewish community led a march entitled "Light of Hope" to mark the anniversary.

Two survivors who had travelled from Israel were invited to share their testimony.

"I was 10 years old in 1938, in November, and I can remember how businesses were vandalised, their windows smashed, how synagogues were burned, and people were not only beaten but also killed," said 90-year-old Amnon Klein.

Parliament president Wolfgang Sobotka of the ÖVP also spoke at the event but was booed by some in the crowd protesting against the presence of the FPÖ in government.

Across the whole of Nazi Germany — to which Austria had been annexed earlier in 1938 — the official death toll from the pogrom was put at 91, although historians think the toll was much higher.

More than 20,000 people were imprisoned and thousands of shops and Jewish-own businesses were destroyed.

Events to mark the anniversary are also planned for Friday in parliament and several other locations in Vienna.

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

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AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class B..

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland. READ ALSO: Exclusive – parents fined for sending kids to school just eight days out of 48 Now it's time to finally return to what he loves most – electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Australian rock with the Shutting Down Your Town tour featuring Cold Chisel anthems, solo classics like Working Class Man and Ain't No Second Prize plus his current radio hit, Shutting Down Our Town. His new album, My Criminal Record, has distilled and expanded upon his two best-selling memoirs to create 13 pieces of burning, heartland rock and roll. It will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves standing on the outside, looking in. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes during his book-signing visit in Bathurst Shutting Down Our Town was written by Troy Cassar-Daley especially for Barnes, after Troy finished reading Working Class Boy. "It's been 10 years since I made an original rock record and I can't wait to get out there and play these songs, along with all the old favourites, to a live audience. It's going to be great," Jimmy said. READ ALSO: Sawn-off shotgun discovery leads to 18-month jail sentence Fans are reminded to only buy tickets by following the direct ticket links listed here. People who choose to ignore this clear advice and who instead use search engines like Google to find tickets typically get steered to unofficial reselling sites like Viagogo that often lead to rip offs.

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour.

The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2.

Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town.

The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31.

His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31.

VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town

Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29.

Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland.

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sectionRead More – Source

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Austrian president warns against ‘politics of scapegoating’ on anniversary of Nazi pogrom

President Alexander Van der Bellen. Photo: AFP

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen warned against “the politics of scapegoating” on Thursday as his country marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazis' anti-Semitic Kristallnacht pogrom.

“We must see history as an example of where the politics of scapegoating, incitement, and exclusion can lead,” Van der Bellen said at a commemorative event at the former site of the Leopoldstadt synagogue, which was Vienna's biggest until it was destroyed in two days of anti-Jewish violence on November
8th and 9th 1938.

In Austria, the pogrom lead to the deaths of least 30 Jews, the imprisonment of 7,800 more and the deportation of 4,000 to the Dachau concentration camp.

While history never repeats itself exactly, Van der Bellen said, there were situations and political rhetoric that “pointed to similarities”.

“Let us be vigilant that degradation, persecution, and the stripping away of rights may never again be repea..

President Alexander Van der Bellen. Photo: AFP

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen warned against "the politics of scapegoating" on Thursday as his country marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazis' anti-Semitic Kristallnacht pogrom.

"We must see history as an example of where the politics of scapegoating, incitement, and exclusion can lead," Van der Bellen said at a commemorative event at the former site of the Leopoldstadt synagogue, which was Vienna's biggest until it was destroyed in two days of anti-Jewish violence on November
8th and 9th 1938.

In Austria, the pogrom lead to the deaths of least 30 Jews, the imprisonment of 7,800 more and the deportation of 4,000 to the Dachau concentration camp.

While history never repeats itself exactly, Van der Bellen said, there were situations and political rhetoric that "pointed to similarities".

"Let us be vigilant that degradation, persecution, and the stripping away of rights may never again be repeated in our country or in Europe," he insisted.

The president, a former leader of the Green Party, has on occasion criticised the hardline stance on immigration taken by the government formed last year between the centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).

The FPÖ counted former Nazis among its founders when it was set up after the war.

Recently it has vigorously condemned racism, including anti-Semitism, but at the same time has been embroiled in a number of embarrassing controversies over the activities of some of its members.

'Windows smashed'

The event at the site of the former Leopoldstadt synagogue also saw the inauguration of a light installation, one of 25 across the city as part of a project to mark locations of synagogues destroyed during the pogrom.

Also on Thursday evening, Vienna's Jewish community led a march entitled "Light of Hope" to mark the anniversary.

Two survivors who had travelled from Israel were invited to share their testimony.

"I was 10 years old in 1938, in November, and I can remember how businesses were vandalised, their windows smashed, how synagogues were burned, and people were not only beaten but also killed," said 90-year-old Amnon Klein.

Parliament president Wolfgang Sobotka of the ÖVP also spoke at the event but was booed by some in the crowd protesting against the presence of the FPÖ in government.

Across the whole of Nazi Germany — to which Austria had been annexed earlier in 1938 — the official death toll from the pogrom was put at 91, although historians think the toll was much higher.

More than 20,000 people were imprisoned and thousands of shops and Jewish-own businesses were destroyed.

Events to mark the anniversary are also planned for Friday in parliament and several other locations in Vienna.

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

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Jimmy Barnes including Central West on new tour schedule

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class B..

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland. READ ALSO: Exclusive – parents fined for sending kids to school just eight days out of 48 Now it's time to finally return to what he loves most – electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Australian rock with the Shutting Down Your Town tour featuring Cold Chisel anthems, solo classics like Working Class Man and Ain't No Second Prize plus his current radio hit, Shutting Down Our Town. His new album, My Criminal Record, has distilled and expanded upon his two best-selling memoirs to create 13 pieces of burning, heartland rock and roll. It will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves standing on the outside, looking in. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes during his book-signing visit in Bathurst Shutting Down Our Town was written by Troy Cassar-Daley especially for Barnes, after Troy finished reading Working Class Boy. "It's been 10 years since I made an original rock record and I can't wait to get out there and play these songs, along with all the old favourites, to a live audience. It's going to be great," Jimmy said. READ ALSO: Sawn-off shotgun discovery leads to 18-month jail sentence Fans are reminded to only buy tickets by following the direct ticket links listed here. People who choose to ignore this clear advice and who instead use search engines like Google to find tickets typically get steered to unofficial reselling sites like Viagogo that often lead to rip offs.

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour.

The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2.

Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town.

The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31.

His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31.

VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town

Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29.

Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland.

Now it's time to finally return to what he loves most – eleRead More – Source

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sectionRead More – Source

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