WorkCover issues

06 September 2018

My question is to the Minister for Finance. When will the minister provide a response to the concerns I have raised with him repeatedly regarding John and Susan Montgomery and their ongoing difficulties with WorkCover? John suffered a serious accident in 2000, and despite his doctors agreeing and providing documentation to say that his impairment is permanent and that he will never be able to work again, WorkSafe has required him to see specialists every year to help him return to work. This year these requests have become more frequent, with WorkSafe threatening to cut payments if John does not attend. All appointments require him to travel, even though this is very difficult for him. WorkSafe's continued attempts to investigate the couple is causing extreme distress to both Susan and John.

I wrote to the minister in May this year and my office has called the minister's office over five times since. To make matters worse, when Susan called the minister's office herself the minister's staff member terminated the phone call. I ask the minister to investigate and respond to these concerns.

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