‘They just don’t want to spend the money’: Hero cop still waiting on injury pension he’s owed
A former New South Wales police officer and detective is still waiting on the support pension he’s owed, almost ten years after he made his first claim.
Mick McGann served in the police force from 1973 to 1991, suffering eight injuries over the period.
The NSW Police Valour Award recipient was shot in the knee on duty, causing him to suffer subsequent pain and a limp.
Just weeks after the shooting incident, Mick was badly injured again, attacked with hydrochloric acid during a siege that turned nasty.
But his injuries haven’t just been physical, with the former cop also having been diagnosed with PTSD.
Mick applied for a “hurt-on-duty pension” through his fund SAS Trustees – otherwise known as State Super – which represents police officers.
But he’s never been paid what he’s owed after being knocked back repeatedly.
Mick tells Ben Fordham the fund’s experts claimed he “wasn’t affected at all” on the day he left the force.
“You’ve got to ask where the moral compass in this whole deal is,” Mick says.
“It’s all one big gravy train if you like, Ben, and they just don’t want to spend the money, they just don’t want to do it.”
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Mick says he recorded conversations with some of the fund’s medical experts, after being tipped off that they may not reveal the full truth.
And he was right.
“I don’t mind a fair crack at the whip if I’m beaten fair and square,” he says.
“When they resort to this sort of stuff, that’s when I dig my heels in and I think this is wrong.
“There are a lot of people worst off than me, Ben, who’ve lost homes and lost health and committed suicide.”