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SA Attorney General Snubs Police Association

A war of words has erupted between the state’s Attorney-General and the Police Union over claims used in their campaign against workers’ compensation reforms which he says are “incorrect”.

John Rau has accused the Police Association of South Australia of misrepresenting the support being provided to the face of the campaign, Senior Constable Brett Gibbons, under the new Return to Work scheme.

Under the new Return to Work Act, there is a two-year cap on income maintenance and a three-year cap on medical expenses.

Only workers who exceed a 30 per cent impairment scale would be classified as a “seriously injured worker” and receive benefits beyond those caps.

Mr Rau said that under the scheme a worker could be given an “interim determination” to be treated as a “seriously injured worker”, providing support past those caps.

Police Association state president Mark Carroll said the interim determination on Snr Const. Gibbons was simply a “stay of execution”.

“It simply means SAPOL intends to consider Brett to have a 30 per cent whole-person impairment until he can formerly be assessed,” he said.

“The interim determination simply means that SAPOL intends to consider Brett to have a 30 per cent whole-person impairment until he can be formerly assessed.

“But this determination bears absolutely no relevance to his post-assessment status.”

Mr Carroll said the Attorney-General’s assertion that “the matters so far raised by the Police Association … are built on shaky foundations” was nonsense.

“And, if our foundations were shaky, why would firefighters, ambulance workers, nurses, public-service unions, the Australian Lawyers Alliance, the Law Society of SA and the Australian Medical Association all hold similar concerns about the act?” he said.

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SA Police Union To Demand More Tasers And Harm Minimisation Measures Over Compensation Changes

Police will demand funding for more Tasers and covert body armour if the South Australian Government does not support moves to protect officers from its controversial Return to Work scheme, the police union says.

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