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Corporate killing law delayed again


INTRODUCTION of a corporate killing offence first promised by the government four years ago has been hit by a new delay, the law reform minister Keith Bradley said this week.

Under the reform to the corporate manslaughter laws, directors of companies involved in infrastructure projects that lead to deaths could be charged with corporate killing for their decisions.

Bradley, minister of state for criminal justice, sentencing and law reform, said the government needed more time to consider a consultation paper launched in May 2000, which received over 160 responses.

Campaigners for the changes criticised the delays this week.

'Change was first promised in 1997 and still we have no draft legislation, ' said director of The Centre for Corporate Accountability David Bergman.

'In that time over 1,000 people have died including 300 in construction, a large percentage of which could have resulted in prosecution.'

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