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Keeping commuting workers safe

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OPINION: Green Party co-leader and Climate Change Minister, James Shaw was punched on his way to Parliamentary last week.

The alleged attack was reportedly unprovoked and involved a man jumping out of a van and shouting out political statements that were aimed at Shaw personally.

Shaw is reported to have suffered a black eye, bloody nose and facial lacerations. Although he went on to attend a Cabinet committee meeting, he ended up visiting hospital for a precautionary check-up.

The assailant has been charged with injuring with intent to injure.

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Politicians from across the divide have been quick to condemn the attack and have wished Shaw well. However, a lot of the focus has also been on whether changes or additional protections are required to ensure the safety of ministers and MPs, given the high level of public access to politicians in New Zealand.

While Shaw is not an employee, the incident and the fact that he was attacked on his way to work raises important questions about what obligations employers have to keep........

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