Parliament

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

 

Govt Must Take Heed Of ACC Submissions

National ACC spokesperson Gerry Brownlee slammed the Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Bill during its first reading in the House today.

He labelled the 305-page bill completely inadequate, inflexible and one that fails to give New Zealanders a choice.

"The bill as presented to the House would do little to improve income protection or rehabilitation for injured New Zealanders, despite the Government's claims.

"The Government will never surely know if the cost of injuries are at a reasonable level simply because there is no competition. There is a role for Government in accident insurance, but it doesn't have to be central in the delivery of it."

On lump sum payments Mr Brownlee pledged that National will go into the select committee process with an open mind.

He rejected the idea that one-off lump sum payments would be a satisfactory outcome for all claimants, particularly for those who qualify for the top pay out of $100,000.

"What happens if someone in a wheelchair is injured again? Answers will often lie in messy and drawn-out court battles to try to determine whether there will be a second payment.

"Full and final settlements may seem great when the cheque arrives, but when the money runs out or another injury is incurred the consequences could be ugly.

"There are many parts of the bill which need to be closely scrutinised. The challenge for the Government next year will be to actually listen to the wide and invaluable contributions that will come before the select committee.

"The Government's pig-headed and ideologically-driven attitudes toward ACC must stop. Taking notice of the many genuine ACC concerns must be its New Year's resolution," Mr Brownlee said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels