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Presumptive Rights Bill

Presumptive Rights Bill

Liberal Nationals bill voted down

The Liberal Nationals Presumptive Rights legislation has been voted down in parliament.

Labor blocked the bill, which aims to provide all career and volunteer firefighters access to compensation to certain cancers, without the need to prove firefighting was the cause.

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is concerned the Andrews Government dismissed presumptive cancer rights for firefighters in Victoria.

Ms Kealy said Daniel Andrews was more interested in keeping UFU leader Peter Marshall happy than he was in protecting firefighters.

“The Liberal Nationals introduced a bill to give all career and volunteer firefighters access to cancer compensation without the need to jump through hoops to prove themselves”, Ms Kealy said.

“Labor voted down the legislation in what can only be described as an act of complete contempt for volunteers."

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The opposition's aim was to fast-track the legislation for CFA volunteer members before the upcoming election and will now be working towards this.

“Prior to coming to government, Labor said it would introduce presumptive rights within 100 days of the November 2014 election.

“After years of delays, Labor attempted emotional blackmail by tying presumptive legislation to its unrelated bill to split up the CFA and give the union veto power over CFA decisions.

“The Liberal Nationals voted down that bill to protect the CFA and the 60,000 volunteers who protect us.

The Liberal Nationals will continue to fight for presumptive legislation.

“I am at a loss to know how Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor government could justify voting down presumptive legislation for our local CFA volunteers,” Ms Kealy said.

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