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Friday, October 28, 2016

Corporate greed trumps pulic safety

Deborah Thomas

Four people died this week at Dreamworld on the Thunder River Rapids ride.

Brother and sister Luke Dorsett 35 and Kate Goodchild 32, and Mr Dorsett's partner Roozi Araghi, all from Canberra and Cindy Low 42, died when their raft flipped over on Tuesday afternoon.

Two people were flung out of the raft and the other two were mangled underneath the machinery.  Although the investigation will take some time, it appears the company has a lot of questions to answer regarding their safety record.

The ABC has obtained more than 150 pages of documents from Queensland Workplace Health and Safety showing safety concerns dating back to 2012.

In one of the documents, a safety inspector said 13 rides, including the Thunder River Rapids, were "not fit for service."

So with this information in mind, it's easy to see why Dreamworld chief executive, Doborah Thomas is currently the most hated woman in Australia.

She was caught out in a lie yesterday on camera.  Asked if she had been in contact with the families of the deceased persons she said the company "didn't know how to contact them."

The grieving family members were watching her press conference and were enraged by her comment and sent their phone number to a journalist in the crowd.  Once informed of the contact number she said "I will not call her now in front of the media, but I am very happy to call her very soon after the meeting.

Running for cover she said "I will give them my condolences....I am a mother.....I have a family...I take my family to Dreamworld."

But it was the bonus that really turned people off this woman -  for an excellent record over the past 12 months, she will receive a bonus in the form of shares as part of a long-term incentive plan, rumoured to be around $1 million. 

She did herself no favours by finally visiting the theme park today, trying hard to look sorry.

The bottom line is that four lives were lost by cutting back on safety issues to keep the money rolling in and the buck stops with her.