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Savaging of workers compensation benefits was not required – WorkCover’s own actuary reports

A report by the WorkCover Authority’s scheme actuary, Price Waterhouse Coopers, shows that the Coalition Government’s brutal cuts to workers compensation benefits were not required. The Coalition used a notional $4 billion deficit in the scheme as at December 2011 to make the case for the slashing of workers compensation benefits.  See report in SMH […]

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WorkCover again fails the test, prioritising profits over the protection of injured workers

If you wanted a case study in a bureaucracy that ensures vulnerable people who need assistance can’t get it you would establish the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme: you would exclude legal representation, you would empower insurers and you would limit benefits.  That’s exactly what we’ve got in NSW. Recent revelations from WorkCover have shown: (a) […]

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WIRO annual report: damning conclusions about WorkCover

The WorkCover Independent Review Office report paints a damning picture of the ongoing problems within the NSW Workers Compensation system. The adversarial practices of insurers in particular are a cause for substantial ongoing concern for many injured workers, and often hinder their recovery. Read the report here.  Kim Garling, the head of WIRO expresses strong […]

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National Action Day Against Bullying and Violence [Motion Debate]

This speech was delivered on 29/08/2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. NATIONAL ACTION DAY AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [11.05 a.m.]: I support the motion concerning the National Action Day against bullying and violence. I thank the Hon. Catherine Cusack for moving the motion and initiating this […]

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Inquiry needed to properly uncover WorkCover bullies

Following the finding on Friday in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission that WorkCover had systematically bullied a senior employee out of his job, the Greens NSW today called in Parliament to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into bullying within WorkCover. Full text of motion is below. Greens NSW MP and Industrial Relations spokesperson David Shoebridge said: […]

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WorkCover says Mr Plantagenet fit for work

NB – This piece has been baldly plagiarised from tompride.wordpress.com A severely disabled Leicester King faces having to find work after being declared fit to work by WorkCover following a work capacity test. This was despite being registered dead and suffering severe 550-year-old sword wounds to the head. The dead monarch, Richard Plantagenet, was called […]

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