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Alan "duck"Downey a Kombi lover needs our support

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by offshoredc, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. offshoredc

    offshoredc New Member

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    Imagine if you had to part with your beloved Kombi - one that you have owned for over 20 years. Imagine if you had to do this only because you lived in Queensland and not in South Australia, Tasmania or Western Australia.

    This is exactly what is happening to Alan "duck" Downey, a 58 year old firefighter from Qld.

    Alan has been collecting Kombis for almost 30 years and he planned to enjoy them well into his retirement but because he lives in Queensland he has had to sell his treasured collection of old Kombi’s.

    You see after almost 30 years continuous service as a firefighter, Alan only in the last few months got diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer.

    If Alan lived in South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania he would automatically be covered by presumptive workers compensation legislation.

    Brain cancer is so common amongst fire fighters and there is so much evidence that it is caused by the job that in South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia it is automatically recognised as a work related injury after 5 years of service.

    So after 29 ½ years of service in the QLD fire service, and at a time when he is fighting for his life (instead of protecting yours which is what he'd prefer to be doing) has had to resort to engaging a no win no fee lawyer to start the legal fight for workers compensation.

    He has had to sell his beloved Kombi collection to pay for 3 brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. At a cost of $82,000 and the medical costs are ongoing and coming out of the family’s life savings and the sale of his cherished cars.

    This saddens me deeply, this level of neglect, this lack of care and compassion for Alan and men like him who spend their lives risking their lives for my and your safety. It’s horrific that in QLD there is no help, no support and no compassion for them and their families in their hour of need.

    So do what I have done - lets make the QLD government change this and bring their workers compensation law for fireman in line with the other Australian states and other countries.

    Let's do this for Alan and for all fire fighters in Qld, NSW and anywhere that the hazards of their job are not valued.

    If you love kombis like we do you will understand the torment that this means to Alan and his family and how the anguish must affect his health.

    Please sign the petition and then share it with as many people as possible. On behalf of Alan his wife Linda and four children and all of us who feel for him having to give up his prized possessions because of a state border. (it will take you 30 seconds)

    http://www.change.org/p/queensland-...tm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  2. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    Done and Good Luck.
     
  3. Marlyn

    Marlyn Active Member

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    Signed ! ...good luck
    Read my post Cancer ....don't donate Consider who might benefit from a donation or a purchase of a Cancer care bear , daffodil badge etc.... We are all in this one together
     
  4. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Signed and shared.
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Done. Good luck
     
  6. Lois lane

    Lois lane Active Member

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    Done and positive thoughts to him and his family
     
  7. offshoredc

    offshoredc New Member

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    thanks everyone for your heartfelt wishes and your support to change things for the better
     
  8. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Done, hopefully some good can come of this, good work
     
  9. terbear

    terbear Member

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    done........
     
  10. jimbi

    jimbi Member

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    done, & hopefully we'll will see a change to work related injuries for the fireys....
     
  11. Squalo

    Squalo Active Member

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    Done and shared. 750-odd signatures at last count.
     
  12. kombi69

    kombi69 Member

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    Done and Good Luck
     
  13. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Done........and shared throughout the ACT Rural Fire Service.
     
  14. spearsy

    spearsy Active Member

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    Done and hopefully some good can come of such ridiculous legislation.
     
  15. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Done, best thoughts to Alan.
    No-one should have to go through this indignity forced by the Govt., after so many years of service & paying taxes……
     
  16. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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  17. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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    done and donated...... Very best wishes in Alan's fight.
    JD
     
  18. Done, thoughts & wishes to Alan & his family.

    On a side note..........why is it that some cancer treatments are so expensive as per above and others are almost fully covered by medicare? I don't understand this at all?

    Brendan.
     
  19. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Done........
     
  20. Marlyn

    Marlyn Active Member

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    Brendan , it's all about $ ! Funny about that , clinicians need to identify a response, multiplied by > n = 1 , the pharma company then research the potential patient numbers on global terms and then invest in multi centre studies . In Australian once the TGA agree the drug is effective and relatively safe it's approved ,then a case to put to government boffins for PBS subsidy . I have been involved on many drug submissions to TGA and PBS from a corporate perspective and recently on the receiving end with my wife's cancer treatment 3drugs , 1worth $5000 / dose of which we get 18 doses all subsidised by the tax payer ( of which we have paid in well over the odds > 35 yrs)
    As Australians we have THE best system in the world for access to medicine unfortunately for Alan our employers need to step up to the plate and pay their freight !
     

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