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Caygill's Comments Contradict Government - ACT

Thursday 24th Feb 2000 Ken Shirley Media Release -- Other

"The Chairman of ACC, Hon David Caygill's, reported comments in today's Independent gives some hope that commonsense may yet prevail" says Ken Shirley, ACT Deputy Leader and member of the Accident Insurance Select Committee.

"Caygill's comment indicates some competition and choice will be permitted in the accident compo bill and that the ability to opt out from the state monopoly will be possible".

"The extent to which the Government support Chairman Caygill's views will be determined by the amendments made to the Bill by both the Select Committee and in the next few weeks as this legislation passes through parliament".

"The only question then remaining is why fiddle with what is working well. The competitive market that has been in operation since July last year has delivered overwhelming advantages with reduced accident rates, greater safety in the workplace and lower compliance costs for all sectors of society ranging from large corporates to community service groups such as Womens Refuge, Plunket and the Salvation Army" concluded Ken Shirley.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


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