Napthine Fails To Right The Wrongs Act

The Napthine Government has let down injured Victorians who are seeking compensation, by failing to act on the findings of a damning report on the system.

A report found that changes to the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) are urgently needed so Victorians can be fairly compensated if they are injured as a result of another’s negligence.

The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission released the report with recommendations in February 2014. The Napthine Government was due to respond by August 26, 2014 but no response as been forthcoming.

Quotes attributable to Mr Pakula: 

“The Victorian Attorney General has form for ordering costly reviews from respected bodies and then ignoring them in favour of following his personal fancies and prejudices.” 

 “This VCEC report should be a catalyst for righting wrongs for innocent Victorians who have been significantly injured as a result of negligence or wrongdoing.” 

“If you’re injured as a result of someone’s negligence, you may miss out on fair compensation because the Liberals have shelved the expert advice.” 

“I call upon the Attorney General and the Premier to release and respond to the 2013 Review of the Wrongs Act 1958 – Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission which they have been sitting on for 6 months”. 

Key Facts: 

  • The VCEC inquiry focused on addressing anomalies, inconsistencies and inequities in the Act relating to personal injury damages, without compromising the original intention of the 2002-03 tort law reforms.
  • The Commission was also asked to inquire into the strict liability regime for damage caused by aircraft to a person or
    property on land or water.
  • On the 26 February 2014 the Commission presented its final report to the Government called “Adjusting the Balance: Inquiry into Aspects of the Wrongs Act 1958”.
  • The Order-in-Council which established the Commission specifies that the Government should publicly release the final report, and the Government’s response, within six months.