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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (1:59 AM) . - Mr. Temporary Chairman, I move -

After " amended " insert " (a) by omitting the word ' accident ' (wherever occurring) in subsection (1.) and inserting in its stead the word injury' and (b) ".

The purpose of the amendment is to strike out the word " accident " wherever it occurs in section 16 (1,) and to insert in its place the word " injury ". This amendment was adequately outlined at the second-reading stage. I shall state the purpose once again briefly. It is to make it clear that a compensable injury shall not be an injury requiring the claimant to prove accident, and that it shall be sufficient for him merely to prove an injury without an accident. If he can do that, he will be entitled to compensation. If that is to be regarded as a fair proposition, it will be necessary to make this amendment so that, instead of accident being the key upon which claims for compensation rest, injury shall be the basis upon which claims are determined.

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