Greg Pearce – architect of workcover NSW reforms- finally sacked

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that NSW Minister Greg Pearce, the corrupt architect of the NSW workcover reforms, has finally been sacked today. Karma! Karma!

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has stood down finance minister Greg Pearce, for “failing to disclose a perceived conflict of interest” (nicely worded, huh!)

Mr Pearce came under strong criticism after being accused of being drunk in parliament and that he breached ministerial travel rules.

Greg Pearce – architect of workcover NSW reforms- finally sacked

Greg Pearce sacked from NSW cabinet over conflict of interest – SMH

Barry O’Farrell has suffered his first ministerial casualty after he sacked finance minister Greg Pearce for failing to disclose a perceived conflict of interest over an appointment to the board of Sydney Water.

Mr Pearce appointed Richard Fisher, the general counsel at the University of Sydney, to the board of Sydney Water in late 2011.

However, the Premier said Mr Pearce failed to declare to him or cabinet that Mr Pearce’s wife, Shauna Jarrett, worked for Mr Fisher as assistant group secretary at the university.

Mr O’Farrell said this was a “clear breach” of the ministerial code of conduct and dismissed Mr Pearce from cabinet at 1.45pm on Thursday.

“This is not a day that I wanted to happen,” he said. “No one ever wants to lose a member of a team. But this is another reminder of the need to maintain the best and highest possible standards in government.”

Mr O’Farrell said Mr Fisher’s appointment was “meritorious”, as he had been previously appointed by both sides of politics to positions including the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Library Council of NSW.

“What’s clear is where there are apparent, or possible, or actual conflicts of interest, those interests either have to be avoided or, if they’re apparent or perceived, declared to cabinet and the Premier,” he said. “That did not happen.”

The former finance minister had been under increasing pressure this year since being accused of being drunk in Parliament and wrongly claiming travel entitlements.

He took a month of stress leave from mid-June after a government investigation found he had breached his travel expense claims.

The head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chris Eccles, investigated the costs Mr Pearce had claimed for a private trip to Canberra at the expense of taxpayers.

Mr Eccles found bookings for a flight and hotel “were made in breach” of the requirements for the use of the state government’s travel contractor.

After the investigation found he had gained a personal benefit of less than $200, Mr Pearce admitted he had made a mistake for which he had been admonished by Mr O’Farrell.

He also said he had been exhausted and stressed on the night in Parliament when he was accused of being drunk – and this had been “compounded” by the effects of alcohol.

At the time, the Premier said Mr Pearce had suffered enough, and he would not ask for the minister’s resignation from cabinet because he had made a “minor breach”.

“We are talking about a personal benefit of $188.91,” he said. “Politicians are not perfect, but they should try to be perfect. He has been through two of the worst weeks of his life and I think that is punishment enough.”

Andrew Constance will replace Mr Pearce as Minister of Finance. John Ajaka will take over from Mr Constance as Minister for Disability Services and also take Mr Pearce’s portfolio of the Illawarra.

Source: Greg Pearce sacked from NSW cabinet over conflict of interest



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60 Responses to “Greg Pearce – architect of workcover NSW reforms- finally sacked”

  1. mmmm NAME THE TROLLS

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    • Name ’em anything but Poo.

       

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    • Trolls identify themselves.  But who cares, they won’t be getting any attention beyond the miniscule notice I kindly provided for them.   Did you have a comment regarding the issues you wanted to make mate?

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  2. They are all corupt slimey maggotts who don,t give a fats rats ars3 about injured workers or anybody else that is not greasing there grubby paws don,t let the blog become a myriard of polictail double speak

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  3. here here Alan and Harryrort.

    Im a dyed in the wool liberal voter, from NSW, and bugger me if Im not an injured worker…

    to Mr and Mrs Bunny that makes me a vile corrupt liberal troll and a black shirt
    to Pauline Pope that makes me not a real injured worker and pretty controlling to boot
    to At a Loss that make me culpable for his doom and having to seek asylum for persecution

    sheez and I only thought I was an injured construction worker, pretty decent average bloke and family man.

    I wouldn’t tell you whether to vote for the Mad Monk or Krudd in the federal election or disrespect you for your choices, how about you doing the same.

    Now having being told Im the devil incarnate….I need to take bex and have a good lie down!

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    • No, Ray to me you are a person who put Barry O Farrell in power and allowed these retrospective amendments to be implemented. I hope they are working for you as I know many people whose lives have been ruined because of them. Thank God we can warn people on this site, because no injured worker had any idea what O Farrell was going to do to them. And as far as Tony Abbott is concerned

      Feb 21st 2013
      Tony Abbott’s endorsement of Barry O’Farrell’s workers comp demolition job should sound an alarm bell for workers across the country, Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said today.

      When questioned this morning on the John Laws program about whether he would intervene to fix the mess created by Barry O’Farrell, Mr Abbott said:

      “I’m reluctant to interfere particularly where I think the states are moving in the right direction.”

      Telling people not to vote for someone is NOT the same as telling them to vote for specific people. Read what has been said before you comment

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    • Ray keep voting for people who only look after the big end of town, then whinge and scream foul play when you are left homeless, no medicals and your family has had enough and left you.

      This is happening to so many that thought they would be cared for should an accident occur.

      I remember Greg Pearce on the Radio claiming people go to work get injured and then get a prize. this scum is cut from the same cloth as the rest of the vermin you support.

       

       

       

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    • Hey you’re the **** [CENSORED] who is voting against himself  and you are the ****  who is now having to live with the results of your voting against yourself.

      So how do you like work-cover now after your pal in Liberal Party finished making…a few changes?

      And please spare us your “everything is just fine” song and dance.

      You are poor as dirt and don’t have 2 thin 5 cent pieces to rub together.

      We can see how the Liberal Party worked out for you.

      Sheeeesh!  Thanks but no thanks!!

      There are lots of good reasons NOT to vote Liberal Party (and not 1 good reason to vote for them)  — the American economy should be a hint to what you get from the conservatives.  Both the Liberal Party and the American Republican Party utilize Neoclassical Economic polices.  Neoclassical Economic theory has NEVER resulted in a growing economy, has ALWAYS resulted in deflationary pressures, and it was Neoclassical Economic Policies of the American version of our Liberal Party, lead by American Conservative George Bush, that ended in the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 — yet folks like you want to keep trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

      Good luck with that approach!

      You’re going to need all the luck you can get with that insanity..

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    • Ray, it is pretty controlling to try to deny others having conversations of their own choosing. It’s an insult to notions of freedom of speech, an attempt to gag the voices that speak up against the Workover,  and that seek politcal organisation as a way to challenge the system. For me “political” means “of the people” – it’s about dealing with the issues of contention in our society. I’m not interested in political parties, particularly not the big ones, as they have all been complicit in building these anti-injured worker systems, and negligent in pursuing injured worker’s complaints.

      On your other issue, you got my intention wrong. I was not saying you or anyone else is not a genuine injured worker. I don’t know you and it’s not a call I would make on such limited knowledge. My comment was aimed at the troll who was impersonating the owner of this site on line last night. I’m sorry you took it personally, but believe me, it wasn’t made in response to anything you said.

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      • Ouch, ouch, …tssk, tsssk….. just reading through this rather heated debate… Let’s try and remain civilised 🙂

        I would be happy to set up a page dedicated to politics, where interested parties can blow off some steam and discuss politics in greater detail. It is difficult for me to draw a line, as politics are inevitable a part of this site, however perhaps it would be better if we set up a separate space where such discussions can take place – with respect to one and another – and in which only interested readers can participate. What are your thoughts?

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        workcovervictim August 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm
        • I think it would be quite hard to establish a reasonable definition of what it is that we’re confining to a separate page. This article here for example provides a great deal of political information relevant to the Workcover scheme, so it is natural that some of us would want to make comments of a political nature (venting), and engage in discussions with others who may have interesting perspectives to share.

          I, personally, was far more concerned about the highly personal attacks that were made during last night’s discussion. Give me politics to discuss any day.

          There seemed to be some quite unjustified concern that Bunny was telling everyone to vote for a particular party. She didn’t. She did, however, beg us not to vote for a particular party, and with very good reason. That doesn’t mean we have to do what she says. And there is no reasonable justification been given to say that she can’t express her opinions.

          I’m concerned about people being able and feeling safe to have and express their opinions. We all left the sandpit long ago, and I would imagine that we could all have reasonable disagreements by now. Saying that you disagree with someone is not insulting them, or trying to humiliate them, it is simply having a different opinion.

           

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          • Pauline Pope [DELETED]. You profess rights of freedom of speech, but only so long if it matches your own. You complain others are being controlling, yet you [DELETED]

            Note by the site admin: the rest of this comment has been deleted as it is considered highly offensive in the form of a personal attack, which we will not tolerate – sorry!

             

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            •  “yet everything you post includes a snide and nasty underhanded stab at someone else”

              Sorry Ray, I just can’t see it. would you like to give me some specific examples of where on the site I have done this dastardly deed?

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            • @Ray (and all our political commentators) – can I please ask you to refrain of writing such highly personal attacking comment(s) on fellow injured workers’ opinions. You are entitled to your opinion, but with respect.

               

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            • When you attack your opponent personally you have lost the debate and your thesis has been demonstrated to be unsupported in any qualified way.

              Having had his/her argument dismantled, analyzed, and found to be unsupported by the facts, the loser then launches the only thing he/she has left in their arsenal  — random personal attacks on the winner of the debate.

              Its rather pathetic really.

               

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            • “Pauline Pope you are beyond doubt the ultimate sanctimonious hypocrite.”

              If it wasn’t so personally insulting, it would be poetic. You know Ray with a last name like “Pope” I’d have to be “sanctimonious” wouldn’t I?

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        • The compelling idea of the site for injured workers only, has behind it practically the support of all honest workers. Crossing that margin into pure politics is a distraction, This site can well do without.. Be focused on the needs of the injured worker. You may be there only hope from neglect, despair, frustration,  better than any painkillers.

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  4. Back to the topic of this thread “Greg Pearce – architect of workcover NSW reforms – finally sacked”.

    How many injured workers realize that BOF has actually looked after Pearcey? – he has simply removed him from his frontbench position, but he still has a job on the backbench, where he now hasl reduced responsibilities and visibility in the spotlight and will continue to receive a ludicrous salary (many times that of the average Australian worker), will still receive genereous pensions and benefits beyond his employment,and is still covered under the ComCare system if required

    The spotlight has now dimmed, so  Pearcy, BOF et al appear to have gotten away with it – sweep it under the carpet, don’t go to ICAC and protect all the other ‘Big Boys’ in the process. Pearcy was their ‘fall guy’, but he hasn’t really lost anything. They’re all sitting there laughing that they once again got away with directing the media onto the ‘he got sacked’ train, rather than what they were really trying to do – sweep in under the mat…yet again.

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    • Agree Jan, if a politician is caught for misconduct or corruption etc they only get kicked to the backbench and still get a nice tax payer funded pay packet. As they are elected they cannot be removed from their seat unless they end up in jail for their deeds. The same problem in the federal parliament with Slipper and Thompson, both are facing criminal charges and yet still in parliament sitting on their cushy backbenchers pay with all the trimmings. There is probably more than a few others around the country in each of the state parliaments to add to the list to. The only way they can be booted out is if their own electorate decided to vote them out at the next election.

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  5. WARNING: WE HAVE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF GRIEVANCES FROM INJURED WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY ATTACKED BY OTHERS ON THIS PAGE. THESE PEOPLE ARE VERY UPSET AND DEEPLY HURT, AND SOME ARE SO BEWILDERED THEY START TO BELIEVE THAT THE OFFENSIVE COMMENTS WERE POSTED BY US (I.E. A SITE (CO)-AUTHOR) OR A MEMBER OF OUR FORUM, HIDING BEHIND A NICKNAME. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY ALL LEADING TO SERIOUS ANGST AND PARANOIA IN THE CONTEXT OF A HIGHLY ADVERSARIAL WORKCOVER SYSTEM, WHERE ONE, SADLY, LEARNS TO DISTRUST ONE AND ANOTHER.

    PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT MANY INJURED WORKERS HERE (ON SITE) ALREADY SUFFER FROM SERIOUS PRIMARY AND/OR SECONDARY PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIES, AND HUMILIATING, BELITTLING OR INSULTING THEM (OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER) INFLICTS FURTHER HARM AND IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE.

    IN ORDER TO PREVENT ANY MORE PERSONAL ATTACKS, WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CLOSE THIS POST -TIME TO CHILL- NO MORE COMMENTING!

     

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    • Actually,….. in hindsight closing the thread would be a win to the Trolls, and they’ll be encouraged to keep up the bullying,humiliation, insults and personal attacks. Also it would send a message to all injured workers that we are not allowed to be political. That’s another win for the Trolls. So, we’re keeping the commenting open, but when people are being personally nasty, we will just stamp their comment with a toad picture 🙂

      And it also obscures all that factual info contained in the posts/articles.Personal abuse of other injured workers and their supporters will not be tolerated. Be all Poobah on this, you can tell when people are being personally nasty, just stamp their comment with a toad picture!

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      • Excellent decision WorkcoverVictim !

        To advocate workcover is not political is an insult to every person.

        I  recall a period a year or two ago that there was a discussion of a particular person who use to be quite involved with adding stories to this site of possibly running in an election.

        Perhaps it is the only way for some form of justice is that we discuss openly as adults the proposition of nominating and registering a political party that has the sole purpose of righting the wrongs that have been dealt to us.

        The Workcover Victims Party has a nice ring to it. I am sure gathering the required signatures should be relatively easy.

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      • Love the toad, that’s my bed time laugh. Thanks Poo.

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  6. I nominate our grand poo bah as the head of the Workcover victims party and I will stand as a member!!!!

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  7. Its easy to put a party together in theory, but then when it comes to putting names on paper and making a stand how many people are prepared to back themselves then ??

    I mean people can be paranoid about anonymity on a forum…what hope do they have being a political figurehead open to public persecution.  Also people know politicians play dirty, it wouldn’t be hard for somebodies work cover file/history to be used as political mud slinging

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  8. nothing like a good old aussie saying , on our arses and saying she’ll be right mate if it don’t effect em fuck em

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