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Federal Parliament passes bill to protect CFA volunteers

The rights of CFA volunteers have been enshrined in law.

But Neil Mitchell doesn’t expect it to put an end the Victorian firefighter dispute.

‘I don’t think this will resolve it,’ the 3AW Mornings host said on Tuesday.

‘I think it will end up in the High Court.’

In a late night session on Monday, federal parliament passed amendments to the Fair Work Act, with the majority of Senate crossbenchers supporting the Coalition.

The vote was 37 to 31.

The government says it has delivered on an election propose to protect Victoria’s Country Fire Authority from a hostile union takeover.

The changes aim to protect emergency service volunteers, so that any enterprise agreements cannot include terms that restrict them from carrying out their duties.

Despite protests from the state government, federal employment minister Michaelia Cash insists the bill is constitutional, based on legal advice from the Australian Government Solicitor.

Click PLAY below to hear Ms Cash speak with Neil Mitchell on 3AW