Senate urged to reject workers’ comp bill as new research warns workers and small business will be disadvantaged

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The Electrical Trades Union is urging crossbench senators to reject proposed workers’ compensation legislation, currently listed for debate this week, after new research warned the proposal would leave workers, small and medium businesses, and taxpayers worse off.

The McKell Institute report, which was commissioned by the Electrical Trades Union, provides a detailed examination of the potential impacts of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2014, ahead of the Senate vote.
 
Report author Dr Joanna Howe, a senior lecturer of law at Adelaide University who has previously been a consultant to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, will join representatives from the ETU to meet with key senators in the coming days to discuss her findings.
 
ETU national secretary Allen Hicks said the report not only provided alarming warnings about the potential impacts on workers, taxpayers, and the majority of businesses, but it had also highlighted the rushed nature of the proposed legislation.

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