Insurance, Compensation and OH&S

Insurance, Compensation and OH&SDavid is working to ensure all workers have access to fair compensation for injuries sustained in the workplace. Workers compensation benefits must be made affordable by increasing the focus on workplace safety and safe return to work – rather than reducing benefits to injured workers.

Workers compensation should be paid by an equitable levy on all employers taking account of each employer’s risk, workplace safety and history of workplace injury.

The law must provide for consistent thresholds, damages, and procedures for the recovery of damages for all injuries to reduce legal complexity, limit arbitrary outcomes and increase certainty for injured people in NSW.

Payments made from the Workers compensation statutory fund must be made and administered by a public authority in the public interest, and not by private insurers acting as independent agents.

Find out what David’s been doing in this portfolio.

Read the Greens NSW policies on Insurance, Compensation and OH&S

Standing Committee on Law and Justice [Committee]

This speech was delivered on 20.09.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here.  I speak to this unanimous report, entitled “First Review of the Compulsory Third Party insurance scheme”. It is the first review for this Parliament. A series of them have been produced every two years by the Legislative […]

Media Release: Injured police need Parliamentary Inquiry

2 August 2016 The highly distressing intrusive surveillance we saw of psychologically injured police on 4Corners last night shows exactly why we need a parliamentary inquiry in NSW. If you missed it you can watch it now on iview. David was interviewed about this today on ABC Illawarra, listen here:  Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson […]

Media release: Greenslip reforms cut benefits and manual workers will pay the price

Changes to green slips in NSW will see thousands of seriously injured motorists, passengers and pedestrians who are unable to work lose their rights to compensation, with only an empty promise from the Government to reign in insurance company super profits. Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge said: “It is simply untrue that this change is focused […]

Minor compo roll back – a start, but not enough

In the early hours of Thursday morning the Government pushed their most recent raft of changes to Workers Compensation in NSW through the Parliament. The changes roll back some of the savage cuts made to the scheme in 2012, but they do not go far enough. They are putting at most $600 million back into benefits, but […]

Government ignores own evidence on Dust Diseases Board

The NSW Government has out of nowhere come up with a plan to get rid of the Dust Diseases Board despite the first review of the board by the Parliament’s Law and Justice committee resulting in a glowing endorsement of the body. The Government is planning to cut the Dust Diseases Board as part of […]

Compo changes, thousands benefit but thousands to still miss out  

Thousands of injured workers will benefit, but thousands more will miss out, from a modest workers compensation reform package announced by the NSW government today. The government’s $1 billion reform package represents only a small part of the multi-billion surplus the scheme has generated since 2012. The Greens continue to call for this surplus to […]

Injured Workers Day 2015

Friday Marked Injured Workers Day. It marks three years since the Coalition government introduced legislation that that led to the savage and unnecessary cuts to the workers compensation scheme. This is the day to reflect on the injured workers who have lost their rights, protection and benefits and how to restore decency to the scheme. […]

Parliamentary Forum on Workers Compensation

Injured workers right to fair workers compensation benefits is one that is under continued assault from the Coalition government. For this reason the restoration of decent workers compensation benefits must be a central issue in the new Parliament. There are systemic issues in the ‘reformed’ WorkCover scheme that have left injured workers on the scrap heap […]