Equal rights for all firefighters under Nationals
02 November 2018
All Victorian firefighters will have equal access to cancer compensation under a Nationals Government.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today said a Guy-Walsh Government had vowed to introduce a Presumptive Legislation Bill in the first parliamentary sitting week of 2019, if elected this November.
Ms Ryan said the bill would ensure all career and volunteer firefighters have fair and timely access to cancer compensation.
“CFA volunteers protect us at no cost, because they love their community,” Ms Ryan said.
“The best way we can pay volunteers is by respecting and protecting them and their families in their time of need.
“Our firefighters do not deserve to be treated as a political tool but unfortunately this is what we have seen happen over the last four years.
“Labor lied to firefighters when they promised this vital piece of legislation would be introduced within 100 days of the 2014 state election.
“When Labor finally introduced their proposed laws they discriminated against volunteer firefighters who were not covered and tied the cancer compensation to reforms to tear apart the CFA.
“Every day CFA volunteers leave their families to saves lives and keep us safe. I am committed to protecting their rights.”
The Nationals’ presumptive legislation would cover the 12 specified diseases consistent with the legislation previously introduced in Parliament.
Victoria is currently the only state in Australia that doesn’t offer cancer presumptive rights compensation to volunteer firefighters.