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HA7 Quigley Cabinet caucus committee review

HA7
Quigley Cabinet caucus committee review
By 1979, criticism was mounting of the way the scheme was operating. Employers complained about paying for the cost of non-work claims and expenditure for medical treatment and lump sums for pain and suffering was increasing. The Government established a Cabinet caucus committee chaired by the Hon Derek Quigley to review the accident compensation scheme. That committee made a number of recommendations including:
(a)
That the pause period should be extended from one week to 2 for non-work accidents, the employer being liable to pay the cost of the first 2 weeks in the case of work accidents;
(b)
That the claimant should meet part of the cost of the first two visits to the doctor, this cost being recoverable from the employer in the case of work accidents;
(c)
That lump sum awards for minor injuries and for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life be abolished except for serious cosmetic disfigurement; a working party should be established to examine the percentage disabilities provided for in the schedule to the Act;
(d)
The levy system and the levy collection method should be reviewed; and
(e)
The self-employed should be given the option of nominating a cover equal to 80 percent of the average ordinary time weekly wage.
In 1980 the Accident Compensation Commission was abolished and the Accident Compensation Corporation was established.

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