New firefighter cancer legislation introduced

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A new legislation which would give firefighters easier compensation claims access if they contract cancer has been introduced on Wednesday.

According to a ninemsn report, the legislation will make it easier for firefighters who get any one of the 12 cancers commonly linked to their type of work, to seek WorkCover compensation.

Victorian Greens MP Colleen Hartland introduced the bill and said it would remove difficulties that professional and volunteer firefighters face when accessing WorkCover compensation and insurance if they get cancer from toxic chemical and smoke exposure.

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria chief executive Andrew Ford said the reforms would allow a firefighter to prioritise treatment and recovery instead of proving how they contracted the disease.

Opposition emergency services spokeswoman Jacinta Allan said the opposition supports the legislation and will work with all parties to progress the bill through parliament.

However, Premier Ted Baillieu said the proposal has certain “complexities” to work through before the government backs up the bill.

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