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Cash interview shows why federal firefighting intervention must be blocked



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UFU MEDIA RELEASE: 23 August 2016

Cash interview shows why

federal firefighting intervention must be

blocked

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s repeated failure yesterday to justify federal

intervention in the CFA confirms she is playing politics rather than acting in the public

interest.

Under questioning on Sky TV yesterday Minister Cash was repeatedly unable to point

to any clauses in the firefighters enterprise agreement to justifying her claims of a

‘UFU takeover’.

The Minister was unable to explain even the most basic points in relation to the

agreement.

“The fact is there are no clauses in the firefighters agreement that give over control of

the CFA,” said Peter Marshall, UFU secretary.

“Parts of the agreement that relate to career firefighters being consulted are there to

protect both volunteer and career firefighters who have learnt they can not trust the

CFA with their welfare.

“Currently there are thousands of firefighters waiting on tests to determine whether

they are carrying life-threatening toxins after exposure at the CFA facility.

“Sadly, Minister Cash has done nothing to support the thousands of volunteer

firefighters exposed to toxic contaminants at the Fiskville CFA training site.

“The victims of Fiskville who were exposed to chemicals like benzene, toluene, xylene,

phenol, arsenic, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc, and other cancerous substances

during training activities can’t even get proper blood tests and diagnosis.

“After key points made by the Minister in the Herald Sun were proven incorrect

yesterday, the Minister was still unable to explain even the most basic points in

relation to the agreement.

“Rather than whipping up fear based on lies, the Minister could be acting to make sure

this kind of life threatening toxic exposure never happens again,” said Mr Marshall.

Media contact:

Jessica Kendall 0414 679 857