Daniel Andrews plays politics with cancer compensation for firefighters

February 20, 2019

The Liberal-Nationals today reintroduced a bill for presumptive cancer rights for firefighters to protect those who protect us, and again Daniel Andrews and Labor voted down this bill to play politics.

The Andrews Government lied to our firefighters when they said they would introduce presumptive legislation within 100 days of the November 2014 election. It is now 2019, and our firefighters remain unprotected in the midst of another deadly fire season.

Daniel Andrews will only offer firefighter’s compensation for cancer on the condition that Labor’s controversial “reform” being passed to tear up the CFA.

In 2016 Daniel Andrews attempt to tear apart the CFA made thousands of volunteers get out and protest in the weeks leading to the defeat of Bill Shorten potentially becoming Prime Minister. Why is Daniel Andrews still refusing to talk about protecting volunteers? Is it to remain silent during the federal election campaign, at the request of Mr Shorten?

It is time to put politics aside and stand up for the firefighters who risk their lives to protect our community. The Liberal Nationals will continue to respect and support the health and wellbeing of our firefighters.

Comments attributable to Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan:

“Polwarth has many potentially fire prone areas, and we need to have our CFA volunteers ready to help protect lives and property.

“Daniel Andrews has not acted to support the hundreds of Polwarth CFA volunteers that deal with dangerous cancer-causing chemicals and other health risks.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“The health and wellbeing of all our firefighters continues to be used as a political football by Daniel Andrews and his Minister Lisa Neville.

“Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government continue to mock our fire services and are now blatantly refusing to protect those who protect us. The Liberal-Nationals will continue to stand up for our firefighters and ensure our fire services have a say and are represented.”