Late last month I had the honour of signing a pledge to show support for our local brigade firefighters. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria(VFBV), the body that represents volunteer firefighters across our state, has launched a campaign to encourage Victorian MPs to support all firefighters in recognition of the risks they run of contracting cancer from exposure to toxins as part of their firefighting service role. They have asked MPs to sign a pledge. The pledge my coalition colleagues and I have made is:
I will support CFA volunteers with cancer; and I will vote for non-discriminatory presumptive legislation for all Victorian firefighters.
The VFBV has called on the Premier to deliver legislation that does not discriminate against the men and women in our volunteer brigades. I was very proud to sign this pledge and show my support for firefighters, paid and volunteer, and ensuring that they are provided with equal protection for protecting Victoria. We will not allow the Premier to introduce an unfair system that favours some firefighters over others. Firefighters protect all Victorians every day, and they all deserve the right to equal protection.