The Greens have accused the government of playing politics with firefighters lives as they refused to support the Greens Fair Protection for Firerighters laws for three years only to make an announcement in the pre-election spotlight.
The Greens introduced the Accident Compensation Legislation (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011 three years ago and has been working to get the law through parliament.
When: Today 12:30pm Thursday 6 November 2014.
Where: Parliament House Steps, Spring Street Melbourne.
1. Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland.
2. Diane and Meagan Potter, wife and daughter of the late Brian Potter, Former CFA Chief Officer who contracted occupational cancer.
3. Firefighters currently suffering from occupational cancer.
“The government had the opportunity to support the Greens firefighter protection laws that I introduced three years ago. Instead they chose to play politics with firefighters lives. It’s shameful really, said Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland.
“The scientific link between firefighting and cancer has never been in doubt. Other states have acknowledged the link and have passed compensation laws for their firefighters."
“The government's announcement will no doubt provide hope for firefighters and their families who know that the job comes with a high cancer risk."
"I’m deeply saddened that the late Brian Potter and other firefighters have passed away in the meantime," said Ms Hartland.
Comment: Colleen Hartland 9689 6373