Kieran Fraser sang his heart out in the TV show 'The
Voice' last year. What the millions of viewers of the popular
singing contest didn't know was that he secretly hoped success
in the TV show might earn him enough to support his wife who had
been badly injured in a car accident several years earlier.
Sadly he was eliminated in the battle rounds. Now Kieran is
president of the Injured Persons Association, a group of hundreds
victims of vehicle accidents fighting changes to the Compulsory
Third Party insurance scheme being brought in by the NSW
government. You can view their website at www.injuredpersons.org.au.
Kieran and another accident victim went to parliament last week
appealing to crossbench MPs in the NSW Legislative Council to block
legislation due to be introduced this week by Finance Minister Greg
"I thought facing millions of viewers in a singing
competition was tough, but trying to get politicians to do the
right thing by injured people is a lot tougher," Kieran Fraser
Under the changes, his wife's support would have been cut
off after just five years and she wouldn't have received the
vital surgery she needed to repair damage to her spine in the
More than 580 members of the Injured Persons Association have
urged crossbench MPs to force changes as the legislation takes away
the rights of people injured in motor vehicle accidents held for
decades under the current Compulsory Third Party (green slip)
The Motor Accident Injuries Amendment Bill 2013 has been passed
in the Legislative Assembly and if passed in the Upper House will
become operational next year.
"The changes will be devastating for people who are injured
in a motor vehicle accident," Kieran said.
"Previously people who couldn't continue working after
a vehicle accident could get compensation for lost future earnings
that would help support them and their families.
"But now, for 90 per cent of accident victims, that payment
will be far less and will stop entirely after just five years. It
will force people to sell their homes or go begging to
"Those rights have been slashed to give the negligent
driver who causes an accident the same rights and access to
compensation as their victims - and that's not fair."
Kieran said the government was doing all this just so motorists
will save $50 on their annual green slip payments.
"You can bet that saving won't last as all the
negligent drivers who cause accidents start claiming
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