Scott Morrison proposal to allow under-18s to drive forklifts catches states by surprise

Scott Morrison proposal to allow under-18s to drive forklifts catches states by surprise

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20/01/2022 4:54:00 AM

Scott Morrison proposal to allow under-18s to drive forklifts catches states by surprise

Victoria , NSW and Queensland say there are no plans to lower age, which PM had said was among proposals to ease supply chain workforce shortages

Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/ReutersA proposal bySpeaking on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of national cabinet on Thursday, Morrison said he wanted to further reduce regulation in the transport and other sectors in order to ease a staffing crisis that has crippled supply chains and stripped supermarket shelves of staples including pork and some fresh vegetables.

Forklift drivers in Queensland, NSW andMorrison did not say what age minimum he wanted instead of 18 and a spokesperson for the prime minister did not provide an age when asked.Under the Palaszczuk government, Queensland has taken a hard line on safety at work. In 2017 it became the second state or territory, after the ACT, to introduce industrial manslaughter laws. The first industrial manslaughter conviction under the new law, in 2020, involved a man crushed between a forklift, operated by an unlicensed driver, and a stationary truck.

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Oh come on… under 16s in rural communities drive farm equipment all the time and they are highly adept, in fact a lot more skilled than most city drivers who truck around at 110kph in there corollas! What's next? Child labour in the mines? The unpalletable idea doesn't stack up. He has done more reversing than a forklift in a warehouse.😒 ...and as things stand MorrisonDoesntGiveaRATs AustraliaDeservesBetter Auspol

Gotta watch teens, they'll pull a shifty over you given half a chance! ScottMorrison Sadly the plan can't go ahead due to the national forklift shortage. He'll bring back Workhouses next....& maybe even debtors prisons. Another brain-fart made on the run. Probably done to cover his failures in relation to the supply of RATs & fuel.

Ben Butler has got a dead cat on a forklift. PM will now disavow, ‘not what he meant’ and the real news stories will have been delayed again. COVID deaths, long covid, delayed ‘elective’ surgery and other health care, burnt out HCWs, Feds stealing RATs, etc. Scomo calling for kids to drive forklifts reminds me of when Trump recommended people gargle bleach

cousincat FFS! I thought this was a joke when I saw comments elsewhere.

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What about over 55’s who can’t get a job who have been driving for 40 years? scottyfrommarketting auspol LNPfail does our PM talk of the top of his head or out of some other orifice? (yes, if you must, that was just JAQing off) Globalbiosec I think the 3rd jab has affected his thinking Why not instead of children driving forklifts send the non-working wives of wealthy men into the warehouses?

Has he ordered enough forklifts? I seriously wonder about his mental state when he throws out these crackpot ideas. Is he in throes of dementia? Serious question. And Next week on the shitshow, Primary children to fill in for ICU nurses No shit...!

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Mugatu, is that you? It's Scott's 'how about drinking bleach' moment Sure to go down well Morrison is now brain farting in public, how desperate is this guy. You have to be over 18 to drive a forklift so Morrison wants to put young people in danger now. Please call the election so we can vote you out I think it caught everyone by surprise. It’s not like social media is awash with people in business saying “this is what we’ve been calling for”.

Globalbiosec Jebus Scooters run out of naturally occurring distractions to shift focus, so now he has to create them out of thin air. I have a two year old that I think should help pay the mortgage, where do I sign him up? Don’t we already pay for a whole bunch of people in the army who could provide these skills to supplement the current personnel shortage? What a complete joke!

I can't keep up. The website about obtaining a forklift licence in Australia seems to be out of date then, Course Requirements: 'Minimum 18 years of age (Workplace Health and Safety requirement)' Another brain fart by Morrison.

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I think you need a better headline. Maybe one that expresses the outrageous nature of this. Ask Charles Dickens. I understand his daughters and wife have been stacking the warehouses all morning just idiotic No insurers would cover the compo Can we fly in some 14 year olds into senior government portfolios to ease the competency issue?

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A warehouse worker operating a forklift. Scott Morrison says he wants states to reduce regulation among the transport and supply chain sectors, including by allowing children to drive forklifts. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters A warehouse worker operating a forklift. Scott Morrison says he wants states to reduce regulation among the transport and supply chain sectors, including by allowing children to drive forklifts. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters Thu 20 Jan 2022 01.53 GMT First published on Thu 20 Jan 2022 01.50 GMT A proposal by to allow children to drive forklifts appears to have caught the states by surprise, with the Queensland, Victorian and NSW governments saying they have no plans to lower the current age of 18. Unions have also criticised the proposal, saying forklifts are dangerous machines that require skilled operation. Speaking on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of national cabinet on Thursday, Morrison said he wanted to further reduce regulation in the transport and other sectors in order to ease a staffing crisis that has crippled supply chains and stripped supermarket shelves of staples including pork and some fresh vegetables. “There are other changes that need to be made and they’re at a state level, and I’m continuing to pursue those with the states,” Morrison said. “There are changes that we need to make around the age of forklift drivers, to get quite specific.” Forklift drivers in Queensland, NSW and Victoria require a special “high risk work” licence, which involves doing a short course and sitting a test, and is only available to people who are 18 and over. Morrison did not say what age minimum he wanted instead of 18 and a spokesperson for the prime minister did not provide an age when asked. A spokesperson for Queensland’s industrial relations minister, Grace Grace, said there had been “no contact” from the prime minister on the idea with either the minister’s office or at the departmental level with the Office of Industrial Relations. “It’s certainly not something Queensland is considering independently,” the spokesperson said. Under the Palaszczuk government, Queensland has taken a hard line on safety at work. In 2017 it became the second state or territory, after the ACT, to introduce industrial manslaughter laws. The first industrial manslaughter conviction under the new law, in 2020, involved a man crushed between a forklift, operated by an unlicensed driver, and a stationary truck. Tim Lyons, who conducted the review that resulted in the industrial manslaughter laws, said that “letting kids whizz around on forklifts is insane”. “They are not dodgem cars,” he said in a Twitter post. “The kids are very likely to kill or injure themselves or someone else.” A spokesperson for NSW’s minister for customer service and digital government, Victor Dominello, said: “At this stage, NSW has no plan to change the current law.” The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews , said he was not aware that the proposal to lower the age for forklift licences would be up for discussion at national cabinet. “With no disrespect to the PM or anybody else, I’m always up for new ideas and being creative, but I’ve had two meetings these last two Mondays with supermarket CEOs and they haven’t suggested that,” Andrews said. Premier Daniel Andrews says he’s not aware of reports the PM will propose to lower the age of forklift licenses to ease supply chain issues at national cabinet today. — Benita Kolovos (@benitakolovos) Godfrey Moase, an executive director at the United Workers Union, said he had seen “a couple of fatalities” involving forklifts during his time as a union official. “It’s as dangerous or can be as dangerous as a motor vehicle,” he said. “You’re driving you’re at a piece of heavy equipment that can cause severe trauma injuries to people on impact.” He said the age should not be reduced. “It’s a piece of heavy machinery that needs to be treated without due care and respect,” he said. Topics