Ripon MP, Louise Staley has labelled the Andrews Government as irresponsible after the government split the CFA between volunteer and career firefighters with no consultation.
The next chapter in Daniel Andrews war on volunteer firefighters has occurred with the state government splitting paid and volunteer firefighters into separate agencies.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the concerns of CFA Volunteers are falling on deaf ears.
“This is a political fix to solve a political problem with the United Firefighters Union that will leave country communities and regional cities with a weaker fire service than we have now.” Ms Staley said.
“There’s been multiple enquiries and Royal Commissions into fire services, and none of them has ever said break up the CFA in the way this proposal does.”
“The previous Liberal-Nationals government enshrined the Volunteers Charter into law by and the then Opposition led by Daniel Andrews also voted it for it and that Charter requires consultation. There’s been no consultation with volunteers. I don’t trust the way the Government is going about this whole thing at all.”
“Over the past day, I have spoken with many, many local CFA volunteers. To a person, they are fearful of what they hear about this gutting of the CFA, they have not been consulted, and they have many questions based on their decades of experience as to how this can work.”