Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Insurance Council figures under fire

10 February 2000

Insurance Council figures under fire

The New Zealand Insurance Council's claim that there has been a more than 40 percent saving in workplace fatalities since the privatisation of workers' compensation was today challenged by Accident Insurance Minister Michael Cullen.

"The statement is based on inadequate and misleading analysis of the evidence, and is opportunistic in the extreme," Dr Cullen said.

The Council's figures cover the five months from July to November last year. During this time, there were 13 deaths from workplace accident. However by the end of December, the total had risen to 16, according to information supplied by the Accident Insurance Regulator.

"This was down on the same period in 1998 but up on 1997 when just 14 fatal workplace injuries were recorded," Dr Cullen said. "In other words, the point of comparison makes a great difference to the story the statistics tell. They are susceptible to manipulation.

"There is a further distortion in the Council's data base as experience shows the fatality rate tends to be much higher in the January to June months than in the second half of the year.

"For example, half of last year's fatalities occurred in the three months between January and March.

"And the Council is claiming credit for accident prevention work which should rightly go to ACC. The accident rate has been declining steadily in the last four years and was almost halved between 1995-96 and 1998-99.

"This reduction was in part due to public education campaigns led by the ACC. It is hard to imagine competing, profit-oriented insurance companies taking over that role from the ACC.

"That is a large part of the explanation for this Government's decision to rebuild ACC," Dr Cullen said. "We are determined to restore the focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation and believe these public interest objectives are best pursued by a publicly-owned organisation."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Right now, a statement from Theresa May on Brexit has as much credibility as a statement by Donald Trump about North Korea’s plans for scrapping its nukes. Despite her recent crushing defeat in the Commons, May is continuing to playing chicken with Britain’s future, for personal and party advantage.

Brexit is not the only concern... More>>


KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>





InfoPages News Channels