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Protect and preserve Queensland workers' compensation rights

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ron Monaghan
C/- Queensland Council of Unions
Level 5 16 Peel Street
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101

Total Signatures - 7409

Sponsoring Member: Tim Mulherin MP

Posting Date: 21/09/2012

Closing Date: 26/11/2012

Tabled Date: 27/11/2012

Responded By: Hon Jarrod Bleijie MP on 20/12/2012

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that the LNP Government introduced a review into our workers' compensation scheme.


We express our significant concern that similar reviews in other States has resulted in a reduction in protections, coverage, entitlements and benefits. These changes in other States, have not resulted in scheme improvements.


We recognise that the Queensland workers' compensation scheme is fully funded, operates at no cost to government, covers journeys to and from work and ensures that workers can take negligent employers to court to pursue damages. The Queensland scheme has also provided the lowest premiums in Australia for employers averaged over the last 15 years.


The LNP Government has shown scant regard for the rights of workers and the community since its election through the slashing of jobs and community services.


Your petitioners therefore request the House guarantee that it will not change our nation-leading workers' compensation system, given the rights of all working Queenslanders to a fair workers' compensation scheme are fundamental, and the necessity to maintain the financial integrity of the scheme is best achieved by maintenance of the existing structure.