Labor blocks cancer compensation for firefighters

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Labor MPs again used their numbers in the Victorian Parliament last week to block the introduction of a scheme to pay compensation for volunteers and paid firefighters with cancer.

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the Fair Presumptive Rights for Firefighters Bill was originally introduced to the Victorian Parliament by the Liberal Nationals in May last year.

“Daniel Andrews and the Labor Party voted it down then, and last week in Parliament stooped to a new low by using their numbers to block the bill from being reintroduced and debated,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The bill the Liberal Nationals sought to introduce last week would have reversed the onus of proof for Victorian firefighters and entitled them to compensation if they suffered from specified forms of cancer and had served a minimum period of time as a firefighter.

“It would have simplified the process for sick firefighters.”

Mr McCurdy said this legislation was of great importance to firefighters across Ovens Valley.

“I signed a pledge that I would fight for presumptive legislation that is equal for volunteers and paid firefighters and that is what I will continue to do,” he said.

“Daniel Andrews’ refusal to support the bill is an insult to the brave men and women who protect our local communities. I will continue to fight to protect those who protect us.”

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