It is less than a month to the state election in South Australia so policies are being released frequently. This week the South Australia Liberal Party released a WorkCover policy – 18 pages saying it will “fix Labor’s mess”.
The policy is linked to through this blog article for several reasons. Many Australia States have elections in 2010 and in most States, the Liberal Party is in opposition. The SA policy may indicate some of the measures to be promoted in other States elections.
Also, policy statements tend to be quietly dropped from party websites and agenda if they become embarrassing after a loss. A Labor example of this is the policy on industrial manslaughter that existed for a few years earlier this century. Many of the unions keep the policy alive for their members but the Australia Labor Party let this policy fade away.
None of the SA Liberal WorkCover policy is very radical. One pledge is to
“Abolish the monopoly on claims management by having more than one claims manager and reform and decentralise claims management.”
This would match the status in other jurisdictions but the tendering process will be fascinating given the concerns raised about such a process for the existing workers compensation claims system.
What will be interesting is how, if they gain power, they will implement the recommendations and when. Any reform is likely to coincide with the national (labor) government workers’ compensation reform process, if the Labor Party retains power at the Federal level.