Labor MP Clayton Barr has introduced the Workers Compensation Amendment (Protection of Injured Workers) Bill 2017 (NSW) (‘the Bill’) into the NSW Parliament. The Bill is currently being considered in the Legislative Assembly.
The current workers compensation scheme has been attracting some criticism, particularly focused on changes affecting injured workers' compensation that have started to come into effect from October. These changes will allow only the most seriously injured people to qualify for workers' compensation. Greens MP David Shoebridge has told The Sydney Morning Herald the changes mean that some workers on compensation schemes who could have been receiving benefits for almost 13 years will have their benefits cut off. Mr Shoebridge:
However, Finance Minister Victor Dominello:
In light of this context, the new Bill proposes to amend the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) to effect four changes:
Mr Barr said in his second reading speech:
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Workers Compensation Amendment (Protection of Injured Workers) Bill 2017 (NSW), explanatory memorandum and second reading speech, as published on Timebase LawOne.
Anna Patty, '', (The Sydney Morning Herald ) 23 September 2017.
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