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New State Government Urged to Honour Election Pledge to Overthrow WorkCover Changes

Queensland’s new Government is being urged to give priority to honouring its election campaign pledge to scrap tough workers’ compensation scheme law changes implemented by the LNP.

Brisbane compensation law expert Mark O’Connor said changes to the WorkCover scheme, introduced in October 2013, imposed a five per cent threshold on all common law claims, which effectively shut out a significant percentage of claims by workers injured by their employers’ unsafe work practices.

QLD WorkCover Laws an Election Issue

Queensland’s tough workers’ compensation scheme laws with their restrictions that shut out many legitimate claims have become an election issue, with Labor vowing to scrap them while the LNP says it won’t review them.

Brisbane compensation law expert Mark O’Connor said changes to the WorkCover scheme, introduced in October 2013, imposed a five per cent threshold on all common law claims, which effectively shut out a significant percentage of claims by workers injured by their employers’ unsafe work practices.

Contrite Premier Should Reverse State WorkCover Changes

Premier Campbell Newman’s “peace making” tour to mend political fences after the Stafford by-election defeat should include reversing controversial changes to the State’s WorkCover workers compensation scheme.

That’s the view of Brisbane injury compensation law expert Mark O’Connor who says last October’s WorkCover changes which implemented a five per cent bodily impairment threshold before any common law claim could be made were harsh and unnecessary.

Compensation Cuts Could Make Workers Financially Crippled

COMPENSATION law expert Mark O'Connor said reports the State Government was considering axing journey and recess injury claims was nothing short of mean and such cuts would be heartless.

Reports this week suggested Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie was considering a shake-up to WorkCover Queensland which would see workers stripped of their right to compensation if they were injured on their way to and from work.

It is understood Mr Bleijie is considering dumping journey and recess claims after pressure from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.

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