Labor discriminates against our rural firefighters

4 Sep 2015 12:08 PMJann Stuckey

The LNP is pushing for all firefighters in the Currumbin electorate to receive the same workers compensation regardless of whether they work full time or volunteer.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said while the LNP wants to ensure protection for all firefighters, the Palaszczuk Labor government is discriminating against volunteers.

“Our community is protected by dedicated firefighters in the Currumbin Valley, Tomewin and Tallebudgera Valley Rural Fire Brigades, who put their lives on the line to keep us and our property safe,” Ms Stuckey said.

“While the LNP is fighting for every firefighter to have this protection whether they are permanent, part-time, auxiliary or a volunteer rural firefighter, Labor is wanting to pick and choose.

“Labor’s policy discriminates against volunteer firefighters by making them attend 150 fires before receiving workers compensation.

Today the Finance and Administration Committee is due to hand down its report into the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 and Shadow Minister for Police, Fire, Emergency Services and Corrective Services Jarrod Bleijie is hopeful the committee will endorse the LNP’s proposed legislation to protect all firefighters.

“The LNP hopes the committee recommends to scrap Labor’s unfair 150 fire quota on volunteer firefighters,” Mr Bleijie said.

“It is time the Labor Palaszczuk Government put politics aside and give volunteer firefighters a fair deal.

“The LNP’s proposed bill would see firefighters receive the highest level of support in the country and is supported by the industry and the community.

“Labor owes it to Queenslanders to support the LNP’s Bill so our rural firies get the level of support they deserve.”

[ENDS] 4 September 2015