Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Father Is Left Waiting on ALP Promise; Michael Garrels Feels State Government 'Not Committed'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Father Is Left Waiting on ALP Promise; Michael Garrels Feels State Government 'Not Committed'

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

A FATHER still mourning the death of his son feels let down by the ALP over what he believes is a lack of commitment to a pre-election promise.

Jason Garrels, 20, was fatally electrocuted at work in February 2012, the circumstances of which were recently the focus of a coronial inquest.

Michael Garrels (right) has since dedicated much of his time fighting to establish a victims' families forum, which would help make the judicial process in relation to industrial work deaths transparent for those most affected.

He even appealed to coroner David O'Connell to consider recommending a forum be set up as part of his findings.

In January this year, Mr Garrels received a written indication from the ALP that they would support his push to establish the forum.

"The Industrial Relations Minister will involve injured workers and the families of victims in a consultative committee, to ensure genuine and ongoing output," the response read. …

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