My name is Jock McLeod. I've been a firefighter here in the Territory for the last 47 years – and now I'm fighting a deadly cancer.
During my operational service I put my life on the line for years – being exposed to harsh conditions and many carcinogens, to protect our community. I'm proud of everything our team or firefighters have done. But now I need your help.
I've been diagnosed with cancer, and just learned that the NT Government are refusing to help us firefighters who are getting sick with cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens all these years.
Federal Firefighters, South Australia, WA and Tasmania are all covered by new laws that gives workers compensation to firefighters who get cancer directly related to exposures during service. But Northern Territory Firefighters like me are not covered – and the government has rejected a bill that would have given us better protections.
Instead, NT firefighters like me battling cancer caused by exposures during our service are left struggling to pay for costly chemotherapy and cancer care.
We need the better access to workers compensation that other states have introduced, through presumptive legislation in the Northern Territory. And we need it now.
When passing this legislation through the Australian Senate in 2011, the senate committee acknowledged “this is not a new entitlement, rather it is remedying a lack of support for those who perhaps are most deserving.”
Please help us Firefighters win this protection. My family and all us firefighters would be so thankful for your support.