Bleijie dismisses claims workers' compo is under threat
CLAIMS by the union that workers' compensation protections could be under threat are being dismissed by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie as scaremongering, while he refuses to "rule anything in or out".
Following 12-month inquiry by the Queensland Government into the laws - which recommended little change - Mr Bleijie said the government would take its time in responding.
Showing little patience for such consideration, Queensland Council of Unions boss John Battams said he feared lobbying from industry could put worker rights at risk.
Mr Battams said it was likely a ploy to avoid discolouring the Coalition's Federal campaign in the lead-up to the September 7 election.
"The overall point is that if you're not going to change it, tell everyone now," Mr Battams told APN.
"If you're delaying it, the only thing we can come up with is that you don't want to let the cat out of the bag before the election."
In particular, Mr Battams was concerned that "journey claims" - when a worker is injured travelling to or from work - could face the chop.
Mr Bleijie said he would not be "badgered by unions" into responding before he was ready.
Not only were there piles of submissions to work through but it was also not the government's top priority, Mr Bleijie said.