Workcover NSW scheme surplus built on misery

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As we’ve recently seen, the embarrassing  $1.36 billion surplus of WorkCover NSW Scheme, alleged to be mainly because of stronger investment returns,  has been greeted with cynicism and saracasm by the state opposition. NSW Labor Opposition has accused treasurer Andrew Constance of “championing a workers’ compensation scheme that generates profits at the expense of injured workers”. “A surplus built on misery“.

According to Andrew Constance (NSW Treasurer)  and Dominic Perrottet (NSW Minister for Finance & Services) the NSW WorkCover scheme’s surplus of $1.36 billion “gives the NSW government flexibility around premium rate reductions for businesses and benefits for injured workers, subject to the findings of a statutory review and a law and justice committee inquiry”.

NSW Labor Opposition has accused treasurer Andrew Constance of “championing a workers’ compensation scheme that generates profits at the expense of injured workers”.

“…the state’s workers’ compensation scheme’s surplus [is] built on misery,” he said.

“The scheme in its current form no longer prioritises the rehabilitation and support of people injured in the workplace.”

Peter Primrose (Shadow Minister for Finance & Services)  said the auditor general in his report in 2012 clearly indicated any deficit in the workers compensation scheme was not a result of benefits paid to injured workers, but the result of assumptions made by the actuaries on items like inflation and liability.

“The cruel changes have been nothing more than a massive cost shifting exercise, moving responsibility away from employers and insurance companies and onto injured workers and the Commonwealth by placing more pressure on Medicare and Centrelink to provide medical support,” he said.

Liberals workers compensation scheme in surplus built on misery

Monday, 28 April 2014 – By John Robertson – Leader of the Opposition (Blacktown)

The NSW Labor Opposition has today slammed Treasurer Andrew Constance for continuing to champion a workers’ compensation scheme that is generating profits at the expense of injured workers.

“Andrew Constance should not be bragging about the state’s workers’ compensation scheme’s surplus. This is a surplus built on misery. The scheme in its current form no longer prioritises the rehabilitation and support of people injured in the workplace,” Shadow Treasurer Michael Daley said.

“Mr Constance should be ashamed of his workers’ compensation scheme that cuts off support to people with amputations, mental health disorders, and nerve and spinal damage.

“The Opposition told the Government loud and clear two years ago that the amendments to the scheme removed support from the most injured, including amputees. Our pleas were ignored.

“It is reported that Mr Constance is now considering allowing amputees to have their benefits restored. Why were these benefits ever taken away and why are people who are suffering from other serious injuries like mental health disorders and nerve and spinal damage not entitled to the same level of support?

“Mr Constance completely misunderstands the challenges of someone living with serious workplace injury if he thinks cutting off medical support and weekly benefits for these people is a fair workers’ compensation scheme.

“Any compensation scheme that no longer provides financial support to injured workers can generate a surplus. It is evidence of a scheme that has become completely distorted from its original purpose. That the scheme has delivered such a surplus so quickly means its priorities are wrong. As a compensation measure, the scheme is broken and needs fixing.” Mr Daley said.

Shadow Minister for Finance & Services Peter Primrose said the Auditor General in his report in 2012 clearly indicated any deficit in the workers compensation scheme was not a result of benefits paid to injured workers but the result of assumptions made by the actuaries on items like inflation and liability.

“The cruel changes have been nothing more than a massive cost shifting exercise, moving responsibility away from employers and insurance companies and onto injured workers and the Commonwealth by placing more pressure on Medicare and Centrelink to provide medical support,” Mr Primrose said.

“A workers compensation scheme should operate in the best interests of the recovering injured worker not a drive for a financial return.

“The workers’ compensation scheme is an absolute disgrace and I call on the Liberals to immediately reinstate the support that has been taken away from injured workers and their families.” Mr Primrose said.

Source: http://johnrobertson.alpnsw.prod.communityengine.com/media-2/media/liberals-workers%E2%80%99-compensation-scheme-surplus-buil/

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Bunny
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It should be blatantly obvious to all now that this was a scheme devised to enrich insurance companies and to give payback to members of the LNP who were involved (Pearce and O Farrell in particular). The public of NSW were well and truly had, they believed the lies of main stream media that injured workers were rorting the system and were all lazy bums not prepared to work (some idiots still believe this) Now we see this bullshit happening at an ever greater scale at Federal level. The Labor party MUST state that it will undo these vile amendments… Read more »
Johnny rotten
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Pearce and O’farell are long gone and this is what we’ve been left with meetings with lobbyists whom went into bat for Allianz and the other thieves lining up for the dollar it was all bullshit from the start they the lobbyist tinker with the legislation via the politicians get hold of a pisshead of a politician like Pearce and wulla we have reform sacked for being drunk na more like putting a spanner in the works . So much for educated politicians they do not even know how the system works yes it takes money and the insurers are… Read more »
FU_CGU
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Corruption, corruption, corruption!
There are so many pollies fronting the ICAC at the moment – I hope in time (sooner, rather than later) that the likes of the Michael Photios (allianz & insurer lobbyist), Greg Pearce & Co will get their turn regarding the blatant Workers Comp fraud and corruption that reached new heights (read that as lows) with the 2012 legislative changes.
On another matter, it’s great to see that you, Mr Rotten, have toned down your rhetoric and taking a much more consultative approach with Allianz – yeah right! LOL LOLgo get ’em Johnny 🙂

Johnny rotten
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Your right Foo Foo corruption is rampant in our political system and i never had an understanding of it or how it worked but being in the so called system has awoken me to the fact its all not rosy in the land of oz and im the first to admit that i had me melon firmly planted in the sand and the she’ll be ok mate attitude . And i think one of the things that drives me insane is the fact that for any change to happen its ever so slow because few politicians will take up the… Read more »
tony
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I spoke to a woman the other day who was hurt in a car accident hit and run,and she told me her story and guess what its the same as all us guys.The way she was treated and so on,and guess what it was 20 yrs ago so nothing has changed not surprised.