South West Sydney
Police Deserve a Fair Go on Compo
NSW Greens Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“These figures show that there is a daily tragedy going on with police being forced out of their job due to injury rather than being rehabilitated and put back to work.
“The average age of police who receive disability benefits is 40. These are middle aged professional people, often with a family, who are seeing their chosen career taken from them due to injury and they deserve a fair payout.
“The Police Minister is spreading the myth that injured police receive compensation benefits and then walk into another job, and he knows that is just wrong.
“Only 2% of police who have received disability benefits have moved on to find themselves full time employment.
“We expect police to place themselves in harms way on an almost daily basis when at work, in return the government must ensure they are fully protected when they are injured.
“This government has taken way the Police’s death and disability benefits and put in place a $3 million per annum fund to look at experimental injury management. That’s not rehabilition, it’s a joke", David Shoebridge said.