Journey claim removal 'would hurt rural workers'

REMOVING journey claim provisions from the Queensland Workers' Compensation Scheme would have a significant effect on rural and remote workers, the Queensland Parliament has heard.

MPs involved in assessing proposed scheme changes through committees told the Legislative Chamber on Thursday that retaining journey claim provisions and ensuring Queenslanders were educated about the traps of "no win, no fee" contracts were two important findings.

The committee found that while journey claims were not a financial burden on insurance premiums, their removal from the cover would have a significant impact on rural and remote workers for whom travel was often an intrinsic part of their job.

There was also a suggestion the government take action against lawyers on the hunt whose promises of no win no fee were not borne out in the small print.


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