Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

We Lose on Police Rorts

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

We Lose on Police Rorts

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Byline: commentDAVID BANCROFT

YOU only need to look at the 2010 report from the NSW Auditor-General to realise something drastic needs to be done to overhaul the Partial and Permanent Disability Scheme for the NSW Police Force.

In it he says: aThe liability has grown $102.8 million or 118% since 2006-07.

aOver the same period the number of claims paid increased by 315%. The increase in the number of claims is undesirable, not only from a financial perspective, but also from the impacts on the (Police) Force more generally.a

His figures showed payments for total, partial and permanent incapacity rose from $23.38 million in 2007 to $119 million in 2010 and the number of claims rose from 68 to 282 and that death and disability payments rose from $87.4 million to $190.2 million in the same period.

The average claim size also grew from $373,307 in 2007 to $421,958 in 2010.

Clearly growth of that magnitude is not sustainable, but the previous Labor government seemed unwilling to do anything to redress it, fearing a backlash from the powerful Police Association and further bad press. …

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