WELL WORTH IT: Gympie firefighter Michael Adamik loves the mateship of being in a brigade.
WELL WORTH IT: Gympie firefighter Michael Adamik loves the mateship of being in a brigade. Patrick Woods

Major win for yellow army in compo battle

OUR region's yellow army has scored a major win in the battle for fair fire cancer compensation.

A proposed amendment to the Workers' Compensation Act that requiring the state's 35,000 volunteer firefighters attend 150 events - such as fires or floods - over five years before they are eligible for compensation for dormant or hidden disease is unlikely to go ahead after the State Government's Finance and Administration Committee recommended it be dropped.

Instead, in its report to Parliament the committee suggests an independent expert-based panel consider requests for compensation on a claim-by-claim basis.

Committee chairwoman Di Farmer said Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Curtis Pitt's amendment was not workable.

Ms Farmer said it was not based on scientific evidence such as research showing a link between volunteers and exposure diseases.

"We're saying that there isn't enough science - we did not receive enough evidence to actually justify the threshold of the 150 and a significant problem is record keeping."

- Sherele Moody from APN NEWSDESK

Gympie Times


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