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Cullen Shows Contempt For Farmers

Cullen Shows Contempt For Farmers

Friday 11th Feb 2000

Ken Shirley Media Release

The Minister responsible for accident insurance Michael Cullen has today shown his contempt for farmers and their justified concerns about Labour's ACC proposals, says ACT deputy leader and accident insurance spokesman Ken Shirley.

On Morning Report today Mr Cullen was confronted by farmers' concerns that they will not be able to get sufficient compensation under Labour's planned ACC changes to allow them to hire replacement labour if they are injured.

"Federated Farmers are justifiably concerned about this aspect of Labour's ACC plans, as are many other self employed," Mr Shirley said.

"Dr Cullen's response to their concerns was to accuse farmers of trying to hide income for tax purposes then trying to get compensation at the level of what their income really is.

"This accusation shows the contempt Dr Cullen has for the private sector and shows that ideology is more important than trying to get an accident compensation system that works for everyone, whether employed or self-employed," Mr Shirley said.

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