A technicality has been at the forefront for a lack of worker’s compensation for Western Australian Police officers.
The WA Police are not employed by the Government, although they pay their wages, their employer is the actually the Queen. This legal loophole has seen the Government avoiding paying worker’s compensation for years.
Wayne Matthews, Vice President of the Medically Retired Officers Association, says the lack of worker’s compensation all comes down to the money.
“It’s always been an issue. The Liberal or Labor party have known about worker’s compensation for police (or lack of it) for the past 33 years and when each one of them have been in power they’ve failed to address it because it’s been too hard,” he said.
The Government also has not addressed issues regarding medically retired police.
Mr Matthews believes that again their evading the issue as they’re not their employers, so it’s not their responsibility.
“For the duties that they do, you have to remember that if an officers is injured on duty and permanently disabled, there is no compensation for them. He has taken a high risk in this job; if they get injured, there’s got to be additional pay if there is no worker’s compensation,” said Matthews.