Page 5027 - Week 13 - Thursday, 2 November 2017

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Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) It is important that the jury’s deliberations are balanced and not unfairly influenced in any direction by people with a particular stake in the CTP scheme. For this reason, people who receive an income from the CTP system, such as a personal injury lawyer, a CTP insurance company employee or a person who works for government in personal injury compensation, or anyone in their households, will not be eligible to be on the jury. These professions will be represented within the Stakeholder Reference Group.

People who are currently in the process of having a CTP claim considered and their household members will also be unable to participate on the jury. People who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident will be put forward to the jury as witnesses.

(2) The Government did not estimate how many people would register to be part of the jury. democracyCo managed the jury recruitment process, and estimated that over 300 registrations would be received, based on citizens’ jury processes in other jurisdictions.

(3) No minimum number of registrations was specified.

(4) There was no minimum registration requirement.

(5) There was no minimum registration requirement.

(6) An additional recruitment process to establish the citizens’ jury on CTP insurance was undertaken to ensure the jury best reflects the Canberra community. The additional recruitment sought Canberrans from outer suburbs to register to participate on the jury. Invitations were sent out via the Vote Compass platform.

(7) No.

(8) A group of 56 jurors has been selected by experienced facilitators democracyCo, from a random sample of Canberrans contacted through Australia Post and Vote Compass. The individual jury members represent the diversity of the Canberra community, ensuring a broad range of perspectives and views will be included.

(9) The Government is planning to live stream parts of the jury process where this is practicable, and these videos will also be available on the website for viewing later (

(10) This is currently under consideration by the Stakeholder Reference Group.

(11) The Stakeholder Reference Group is made up of people from organisations with expertise or special interest in CTP:

Law Society of the ACT

ACT Bar Association

Insurance Australia Group (ACT CTP insurer)

Suncorp (ACT CTP insurer)

Health Care Consumers Association

John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, University of Sydney

Finity (Insurance scheme design expert)

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