7 October 2010

Slow down on compensation reform say the Greens

| johnboy
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The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on the ACT Government to expand the consultation on their compensation reform package:

Following today’s announcement of a ten working day consultation period for two important reform bills, the ACT Greens have urged the Government to follow proper process and give all stakeholders the time they need to have their say.

“The Government has today proposed just ten working days for consultation on what are two significant reforms relating to road accident insurance and workers compensation,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Bills significantly change the ability of injured people to get compensation and involve complicated changes to statutory and common law compensation schemes with many potential consequences.

For those wanting to see what the fuss is about the two draft bills are:

With the wrath of the legal profession descending on a Government giving every appearance of having headed to the coast for the school holidays it’s no surprise they want to bang it through quickly. Shame they didn’t line up the numbers in the assembly first.

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I’d suggest it should be a high priority for all Canberra residents to spend at least a couple of hours this weekend skimming these two documents.

There is an explanatory statement available on the ACT Department of Treasury site: http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/compulsorytpi/index.shtml

Note that half the links on that page point to Microsoft Word documents, reinforcing the Microsoft hegemony over Australian citizens. But I digress.

PS: did Johnboy mean “With the coming wrath …”?

thanks, fixed it.

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