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Greens to introduce Vic firefighter cancer law this year

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Media release

Adam Bandt MP

Acting Leader, Australian Greens Federal Member for Melbourne

18 July 2012

Greens to introduce Vic firefighter cancer law this year

The Greens will introduce legislation into the Victorian Parliament this year to make it easier for firefighters with cancer to access compensation, said Adam Bandt MP, Acting Leader of the Australian Greens.

Adam Bandt successfully moved legislation in Federal Parliament last year so that federal firefighters who contract cancer are presumed entitled to workers compensation.

“Firefighters in Victoria deserve just as much protection as their Commonwealth counterparts. My bill in federal parliament was co-sponsored by Liberal and Labor MPs and had cross-parliamentary support. The same should happen in Victoria” said Mr Bandt.

Greens candidate for this Saturday’s by-election in the seat of Melbourne, Cathy Oke, has vowed that this will be one of her first bills if elected.

“Firefighters spend every day protecting us. Now it’s our turn to protect them,” said Dr Oke.

“If elected, my first bill will be to make it easier for Victorian career and volunteer firefighters with cancer to access compensation, including those who worked at the CFA’s training centre at Fiskville.”

“I will seek co-sponsors for my bill from the Liberal, Labor and National parties. This is one issue all politicians should be able to agree upon.”

The Victorian Greens MP and emergency services spokesperson, Colleen Hartland, is drafting the bill to be put forward by the end of the year.

“Firefighters are protecting us and paying with their lives. It is time for all politicians to put aside their differences and give Victorian firefighters the same standards of protection as our federal counterparts.”

Information: Damien Lawson (Adam Bandt) 0487 900 005 Dan Cass (Cathy Oke) 0408 468 488

Damien Lawson

Strategy and Communications Adviser Office of Adam Bandt MP T: 02 9642 0922 M: 0487 900 005