Waterfall train disaster police denied compensation
2 September 2009
The NSW Court of Appeal has denied compensation to two police officers who developed post traumatic stress disorder after they rescued victims of the 2003 Waterfall train disaster.
In an interview with ABC Radio Current Affairs Program PM, Associate Professor Barbara McDonald said the 2002 Civil Liability Act was introduced in order to restrict the number of people who have a right to compensation as a result of government negligence.
However, she conceded that this case represented a signficant test as there was nothing the police officers could do to prevent their injury.
"The police officers were just simply doing their duty. They were called to the scene as inevitably police officers will be."
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