29 October 2015
COALITION MPS FIRST TO PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR CFA VOLUNTEERS IN CANCER FIGHT
Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe MP has joined with Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin as the first Victorian MPs to pledge support for CFA volunteers calling for adequate compensation in cancer claims.
Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria which represents CFA fire fighters has launched a campaign to encourage Victorian MPs of all political parties to back them on securing adequate compensation in cancer cases.
“My pledge is that I will support the CFA volunteers’ calls for non-discriminatory Presumptive legislation for all Victorian fire fighters,” Mrs Fyffe said.
“There is sufficient evidence from both international and state commissioned studies to substantiate the level of risk and we need to take it seriously. Fire doesn’t discriminate between different brigades and nor should legislation.
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin said that it comes down to doing the right thing.
“I am not going to allow Daniel Andrews to introduce an unfair system that favours some fire fighters over others.
“They deserve the right to equal protection, and I encourage all Members of the Victorian Parliament to sign the pledge,” Mr Battin said.
In December 2013 Mrs Fyffe spoke to a rally of CFA fire fighters and committed to fight for presumptive legislation which became a policy commitment in the lead up to the November 2014 State election.
“My understanding is that the laws that have been drafted by the government and not yet introduced into Parliament offer more restrictive access to compensation by CFA volunteer fire fighters and that is wrong,” Mrs Fyffe said.
The CFA argues that laws should not be based on the number of fires attended, but on years of service.
“Exposure to toxic fumes can result from training not just actual fires, so if we want them to continue to do work on behalf of communities that comes with an element of danger, we have to be prepared to compensate fairly for that risk,” Mrs Fyffe said.