Compensation Saga Shows a Need for Royal Commission Inquiry
6 December 2012
Compensation Saga Shows a Need
for Royal Commission Inquiry
New Zealand First
congratulates the Corrections Department for finally
settling a claim with RSA attack survivor Susan Couch but
says the 11 year wait was far too long.
Hon Winston Peters is calling for a Royal Commission of
Inquiry into the way Ms Couch has been treated by ACC.
“It is outrageous that ACC will not pay compensation
to Ms Couch because she is on a social welfare benefit.
“Clearly she is a victim of a serious assault that
nearly claimed her life. Any right-minded person can see
that she should be entitled to compensation from ACC.”
Mr Peters says successive governments have tinkered with
ACC over the years to little effect in terms of assisting Ms
“That is simply not good enough.
“We need a full Royal Commission of Inquiry to assess
the failings of ACC in this regard so regulations can be
changed and Ms Couch, and other victims of serious crimes,
can be compensated.”
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