Julia Gillard does not care about her injured housekeeper

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A HO– USEKEEPER who claims she injured her back while making the prime minister’s bed says she’s being short-sheeted by the commonwealth’s compensation scheme. Julia Gillard does not seem to care about her injured house keeper and is certainly not intervening for some justice.

Julia Gillard does not care about her injured housekeeper

PM’s housekeeper feels hung out to dry

Herald Sun

Shiree Power, 39, says Comcare – the federal workers’ compensation insurer – has washed its hands of a claim she pursued after permanently damaging her back while straining to fit a sheet on Julia Gillard’s king-size mattress at The Lodge.

The mother-of-three, employed to tend to Ms Gillard’s laundry and other duties at the Canberra prime ministerial residence, says she sustained the injury in October 2010.

“I felt and heard a ripping sound, the pain was indescribable, it was like a hot dart feeling, like I’d been shot in the back,” Ms Power told the Nine Network.

She says Comcare, upon receiving her claim, sent her to be assessed by an orthopedic surgeon, who found her injuries were permanent, significant and had occurred as a result of her work. But the agency reportedly rejected her claim for medical expenses because it found she did not meet their criteria for permanent impairment.

The housekeeper says she has trouble sitting, walking and sleeping, and is in constant pain.

Ms Power also says she’s haunted by a “feeling of injustice”, and reckons the prime minister herself should be tossing and turning over the debacle.

“I looked after her. She’s not looking after me,” Ms Power said.

The prime minister’s office says it won’t comment on an individual compensation claim.

“The government takes its responsibilities to workplace occupational health and safety seriously and the Comcare scheme provides an integrated safety rehabilitation and compensation system,” a spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Comcare also declined to comment on the case.

 

 

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workcovervictim
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We received a  letter from an injured worker sent to Julia Gillard – perhaps we should all do the same! Prime Minister, I have worked as a Registered Nurse. Nursing for 30 years. I had both been employed and owned my own business. Nursing has been my life and my dedication. Sadly in 2010 I experienced a workplace injury through repetitive stress working on in very physically demanding environment. I had done no wrong. The weeks before my injury I had taken on more shifts to help out management with a staffing crisis. I was dedicated to my employer. My… Read more »
ithurts
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I saw this story on Ch 9, so the story is getting air play which is always a good thing. But as she was telling her story & how she felt, I was thinking she was very naive about how the system works. If she had more knowledge about the system & how it treats all injured workers, not just those that work for the PM, exactly the same, the interview could have had so much more power. Newly Injured workers have no other information other than believing they are being treated so badly because of a ‘misunderstanding’ or 1… Read more »
@Trinny61
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#Julia Gillard does not care about her injured housekeeper: http://t.co/1lmH1Gzu. #workcover #bullying #injustice #Politics #Australia

Trinny
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Workcovervictim, even if Julia is able to return to restricted duties on a “return to work program” she really needs to be have that program ignored and her injury made worse or a best given a new injury. As workcover meets everyone else’s needs but hers. Your right she needs a taste of a workplace injury. A permanent one to know what’s been dumped on Australians by workcover insurance companies. That’s rights she’s an Aussie too, that would really make her one of us!

workcovervictim
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I dream of the day that Julia hurts herself badly at work – sorry Julia, but like all MPs you are also covered under workcover , and YOU need a wake-up call. Be cut of your income, be unable to work again,and  be denied medical treatment because it happened at work (seeking privare medical treatment would be committing fraud). Oh, and have you rated as “not impaired” and not be eligible for any compensation. Have you moved out of The Lodge, denied home help etc… and we’ll talk again. Julia needs to walk the talk! It’s a disgrace. Until a… Read more »
Trinny
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Both Julia Gillard and Comcare declined the interview because they are in bed with each other. They know how they are screwing workers and don’t even have the integrity to face each Australian and give an explaination on why this cruel injustice is permitted to continue in a so called,”democracy”. A work place accident or death can happen to anyone at any time and every working Australian regardless of their status can and will be treated exactly the same way as this faithful employee of Julia Gillard. Julia she has no control over a system that has set itself up… Read more »
At A Loss
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Yes I watched this last night on the channel 7. I’m afraid she has now joined the ever growing list of injured and rejected by the system that should be looking after us. I do hope channel 7 continues to run stories such as this, as this is the only way the population can be made aware of how the Workcover system fails the Injured. People are still oblivious to the changes that  have occurred. ALSO, Can someone explain please? Safe Work Australia Safe Work Australia is an Australian Government statutory agency established in 2009, with the primary responsibility of… Read more »
Xchangingvictim
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I see nothing new here and we all know that most politicians rise their voices only when it’s time to shop for votes and so they only to benefit themselves NOT the environment.

And the following is another scandalous example of Australian politicians failure to protect its own people by telling LIES and obscuring the fact from the medias.

Aid worker Pippi Bean felt abandoned yet abandoned by her Employer and by Australian Government!

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8543143

workcovervictim
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There is an additional article on NineNSM entitled “Mattress Scandal” – it is indeed most scandalous in my opinion! It includes a video (watch it here) The Prime Minister, the king-size bed and the bizarre compo claim — it’s the mattress scandal everyone at The Lodge in Canberra is talking about. She’s the mother of three who says she’s been abandoned by the Federal Government after injuring herself whilst making Julia Gillard’s bed. Here’s what a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “The Prime Minister’s office is not able to comment on the details of an individual compensation claim. The… Read more »