BULLETIN
Bulletin No: 139 | 22 August 2018

To: ALL UFU MEMBERS

 

A CURRENT AFFAIR REPORTS ON LACK OF PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR OUR PROFESSIONALS

 

Thank you, Commander Eddie Brizzio, for bravely sharing your story

 

  • Yesterday evening, A Current Affair aired a segment about presumptive legislation, and in particular the lack of such legislation in Victoria and New South Wales.
  • The segment featured Bruce Beasley, career firefighter from Queensland, as well as our own, Eddie Brizzio.  Both career firefighters bravely shared their experiences of being diagnosed with a proscribed cancer as a result of the work that they do for the community.  
  • The UFU sincerely thanks Eddie and Jen Brizzio for sharing Eddie’s story and the challenges they have faced with a lack of presumptive legislation in Victoria.  
  • Members can view the 9-minute segment at this link: https://vimeo.com/286110813 
  • See below for Minister Merlino’s statement to ACA.

 

Presumptive rights legislation in Australia

As members may be aware, the UFUA embarked on a campaign some years ago to educate our politicians about the inevitable dangers of our industry.  Since then, firefighters in every state and territory have achieved and benefited from presumptive rights legislation, except for our firefighters in NSW and Victoria.

Extensive research from countries around the world, including Australia, clearly demonstrates a connection between the firefighting profession and a number of forms of cancer.  

On 30 March 2018, Victoria was the closest it has ever been to achieving presumptive rights for firefighters, as well as once-in-a-century crucial fire service reform for a safer Victoria.  The Liberals decided to vote this down.

The Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, made the following statement, which can be found on the ACA website:

“Unlike the Liberal Party who ignored the dangers of Fiskville, our focus has always been with those affected by their cancer as a result of their job.

If the Liberals had not disgraced themselves by lying about religion to vote down changes that would make Victorians safer, our firefighters would have the overdue cancer rights they deserve in place right now. Quite frankly they should be ashamed of themselves for refusing to give firefighters these rights.

Our view has not changed that these reforms are important and should be put in place.”

 

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary