Coali­tion com­mits to pre­sump­tive leg­is­la­tion to cover all fire­fight­ers

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A LIB­ERAL Na­tion­als Govern­ment will in­tro­duce a Pre­sump­tive Leg­is­la­tion Bill in the first par­lia­men­tary sit­ting week of 2019, if elected this Novem­ber.

The Coali­tion made the an­nounce­ment on Satur­day, say­ing the bill will en­sure all ca­reer and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers have fair and timely ac­cess to cancer com­pen­sa­tion.

Shadow Min­is­ter for Emer­gency Ser­vices, Brad Bat­tin, said the pre­sump­tive leg­is­la­tion will 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,” he said.

“Only a Lib­eral Na­tion­als Govern­ment will in­tro­duce pre­sump­tive rights for all fire­fight­ers, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers.

“I will get back in con­trol of the CFA dis­pute and pro­tect our fire­fight­ers who risk their lives to keep us safe.

“Our CFA vol­un­teers leave their fam­i­lies to fight fires, saves lives and keep us safe..we will pro­tect those who pro­tect us.”

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