Fire cancer compensation report delayed

Rural firefighters are chasing proper protection.
Rural firefighters are chasing proper protection. Kate Czerny

THE handover of a report into controversial Queensland firefighter cancer legislation has been delayed.

The Finance and Administration Committee will table its report to the Queensland Parliament on Tuesday.
It was to be presented on Friday.

The committee has been considering amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act that would provide disease compensation to paid and unpaid firefighters.

Queensland's 35,000 rural brigade members want the State Government to change a clause that says volunteer firefighters have to attend 150 events - such as fires or floods - before being eligible for compensation.

Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland general manager Justin Choveaux says the amendments imply that paid firefighters need attend just one event in the minimum qualifying period to be eligible for compensation.

The committee received 213 written submissions on the proposed changes.


Topics:  cancer firefighters rural fire brigade workers compensation

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