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WA police minister cops compo flak

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016

WA Police Minister Liza Harvey has expressed shock that her announcement of a new workers' compensation scheme for police wasn't warmly received by the union and medically retired officers.

While Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the scheme wasn't perfect but a good first step, the WA Police Union and Medically Retired WA Police Officers Association said they were deeply disappointed it was not retrospective.

"I was astonished," Ms Harvey told 6PR radio on Tuesday.

"It's almost as if they can't quite believe that the government's delivered."

She claimed retrospectivity hadn't been discussed until very recently but the association's president David Bentley disputes that, saying it was repeatedly made clear as a priority, including in 2012 and 2014 reports.

"This is nothing new - she is aware of this," Mr Bentley told AAP.

"It has always been about people thrown on the scrap heap over the years."

Mr Bentley agreed the scheme for existing police was a step in the right direction but said he was pinning his hopes on Mr O'Callaghan's call for a redress scheme for medically retired officers.

The union declined to comment.

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