Catalyst presenter fails in worker’s compo bid


Suspended Catalyst presenter Maryanne Demasi has failed in a bid to claim worker’s compensation after being injured while taking a break from work.

Demasi was working from home on January 15, 2014, when she was injured while taking a break.

The West Australian reports she lodged a workers compensation claim arguing that it was accepted practice for ABC journalists and presenters to work from home.

During a 30 minute jog she tripped and broke her hip which required surgery.

But government insurer Comcare rejected the claim, arguing that Demasi’s definition of workplace was too broad and disputed her notion that going for a run was an ordinary recess.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal also backed Comcare’s decision.

Demasi is due to return to air this month after being suspended in July for breaching editorial standards.

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