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Government and ALP throws injured Australians in the "who cares" basket.



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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

***** MEDIA RELEASE ***** 25 March 2004

Government and ALP throws injured Australians in the “who cares” basket.

Cunningham MP Michael Organ has reacted with profound disappointment at the major parties opposition to creating a select committee that would have investigated the merits of a national no fault personal injury scheme to replace spiralling personal injury premiums and properly care for everybody who is injured - regardless of fault.

“A select committee would have been an appropriate and effective way to assess the merits of a no fault scheme.” Michael Organ said.

“This April the New Zealand no fault scheme will celebrate its 30th year of operation. That scheme provides universal care to those that are injured, does not line the pockets of insurance companies and is focussed on preventing accidents as rehabilitating the injured.

“A no fault scheme is the most reasonable, cost effective way to care for injured people, take claims out of the Courts and reduce insurance premiums for small businesses and community organisations.

“That the Government and ALP did not accept this and voted against my motion can only be described as sheer bloody mindedness.

“Sick and injured people deserve care from the Government - not a reduction in their legal rights and compensation.” Michael Organ said

More from: Michael Organ MP 02 6277 4366, 0439 442 550 Allen Clark (Media Adviser) 0439 464 439 www.michaelorgan.org.au

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