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Friday, 25 November 2011

Shooters and Fred Nile strike deal with Coalition to betray police

Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 *media release - David Shoebridge MLC - for immediate use*

The Shooters Party and Fred Nile have sold out NSW Police, striking a last
minute deal with the O'Farrell government to pass the government's
contentious Police death and disability legislation in the NSW Upper House,
David Shoebridge & Janet Cavanaugh with Grafton police representatives
according to Greens NSW Police spokesperson David Shoebridge.

"The modest amendments proposed by Fred Nile and the Shooters Party mean
that the O'Farrell government's attack on police death and disability
benefits remains little changed.

"The government's legislation delivers a low-cost and unfair scheme that
will leave seriously injured police paying the price for their service to
the State.

"Police deserve better than this. Slashing benefits will not make the job
any safer or reduce the number of injuries suffered by police.

"With their benefits cut there is a real risk we will see seriously injured
police remaining at work despite the risk to their health simply because
they can't afford to leave the police force. This will likely only compound
their injuries and place their fellow officers and the public at risk.

"By supporting the O'Farrell government's attack on Police disability
benefits, the Shooters Party and Fred Nile have revealed themselves as well
out of touch with the genuine needs of serving police.

"Police do some of the toughest and most challenging work and when they are
injured, they should expect their government will fairly compensate them.
Sadly, after tonight's vote, they no longer have this protection," Mr
Shoebridge said.

*Media contact: 9230 3030 | 0408 113 952*

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