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Member’s statement

Tania MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (10:44):

I had the opportunity on Friday, 29 July, to attend the District 24 Country Fire Authority medal presentations.

It was a great opportunity to thank the recipients of those awards for their contributions to assisting and supporting our local communities.

Whilst I was there I was also able to have a discussion with CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria chief executive office Adam Barnett.

We spoke about presumptive rights for female-specific cancers for female firefighters. We had a great conversation about that. It was not our first conversation, and I have to say that they were incredibly supportive.

We know now that there is also new scientific evidence which has come out of a global jurisdiction (the World Health Organisation), so I just want to say today: come on, Attorney-General—you said you would draft legislation and bring it to this Parliament so that females can have some equality in firefighting.

We need those female-specific presumptive rights to come into this Parliament this year—before 26 November.

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