Home' InDaily : October 24th 2011 Contents PARTNERS
MONDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2011
COMPLAINTS to the WorkCover
Ombudsman jumped 65 per cent
last financial year, the Office’s
annual report reveals.
Of the 165 complaints, injured
workers or their representatives
The remainder were lodged by
or on behalf of employers and
Wayne Lines’ report, tabled
last week, details changes he
has recommended in claims
management, and his concern
that some of these are yet to be
“35 per cent of complaints
received relate to delays by case
managers to approve or process
payments or make decisions or
reply to enquiries,” he says.
“Not all delays complained about
are unreasonable, but often the
situation has been... Read more
Engineering boost from resources
ENGINEERING and commercial construction is expecting a big boost this
financial year and next thanks to the booming resources sector, a new
survey has found.
The total value of engineering construction work is forecast to expand
by 10.3 per cent this year and rise again by 12 per cent in 2012/13, the
Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Group Outlook
survey said. Read more
Farmers food leaders
AUSTRALIAN farmers could be
key to fighting global hunger and
poverty, World Vision says.
Releasing its latest policy report in
Perth today, the international aid
organisation called on leaders of
this week’s Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting (CHOGM)
to fight world hunger by working
with small farmers.
It said $10 billion of a promised $20
billion in international... Read more
Rice regrets Katrina shop
FORMER US secretary of state
Condoleezza Rice regrets having gone
shoe shopping and out for a night at
the theatre while Hurricane Katrina
ravaged the US Gulf coast, she writes
in her memoir.
In No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My
Years in Washington, which arrives
in bookstores next week, Rice, the top
US diplomat during president George
W Bush’s second term, writes ruefully
that she later came to understand it
was a major political ... Read more
Cancer treatment ‘a lottery’
ACCESS to potentially lifesaving cancer scans in Australia has become a
lottery, with thousands of patients denied government funding for the most
accurate imaging test available for most cancers. Read Julia Medew’s
report in The Age.
Qantas unloads baggage
QANTAS has considered plans to outsource all its ground-
handling operations during this decade as part of a longer-
term strategy to reshape the airline and lower labour costs.
Confidential documents seen by the Sydney Morning
Herald reveal that Qantas managers have discussed
plans to end its ground-handling operations by 2020.
The talks were part of a range of options canvassed by
managers about what shape the airline should take in
the longer term.
Read Matt O’sullivan’s report.
COLIN BRINSDEN : AAP
WHILE much has been said about Australia’s two-speed
economy, a new analysis of the states and territories suggests
there are actually three.
Commonwealth Securities quarterly “State of the States”
report believes the nation’s eight jurisdictions have effectively
divided into three groups.
CommSec’s chief economist Craig James says Western
Australia is clearly the nation’s strongest economy and sits
in a group by itself. Read more
De Poi WorkCover winner
WORKCOVER SA board member Sandra De Poi
has emerged as a winner in the multi-million
dollar rehab industry for injured workers.
A company operated by Ms De Poi was paid $8.41
million by the corporation last financial year – a
172 per cent increase in two years.
The 2011 result is a 42 per cent increase over the
value of payments in the previous year [$5.93
million], which itself was a 92 per cent more than
what De Poi Consulting Pty Ltd received the year
before ($3.09 million].
De Poi Consulting has a contract with
WorkCoverSA to provide rehabilitation and
medical expert services.
The corporation’s annual report for 2010-11 breaks
down the $8.410 million [including GST] into two
components: $6,045,214 for... Read more
WorkCover spike in
SPONSOR OF THE DAY
NATION | WORLD
Any insider information?
Links Archive October 21st 2011 October 25th 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page