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Australian Greens Senator Under Fire

Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright has started her term in a blaze of fire, taking on toxic smoke and real flames to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a firefighter for a day.

Senator Wright took part in the exercise, which included walking through a container fire, as part of the current Senate inquiry into Greens MP Adam Bandt’s Bill to help firefighters who experience occupational cancers.

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A Fair-Go for Our Firefighters

A recent survey showed that Firefighting is the second most respected profession in Australia.  And that’s not surprising: every day, all around Australia, firefighters put their personal safety at risk to save lives, preserve property and serve the community. The immediate risks firefighters face are pretty obvious but, sadly, it’s the less-obvious, longer term risks that are even more lethal. What most of us don’t know – and I’ve been learning quickly – is that that firefighters are much more likely to die of cancer than burns.

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