Ripon MP Louise Staley has welcomed news that a Parliamentary Committee has recommended the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) be referred for investigation for interfering in an inquiry into Victoria’s fire services.
The Legislative Council Fire Services Bill Select Committee report was handed down on Friday, also recommending the Andrews Labor Government’s fire services Bill is withdrawn from Parliament.
The inquiry found “the actions of DPC constitute a material obstruction of the processes Committee, including the giving of evidence”.
The report made clear Daniel Andrews had failed to properly consult emergency service organisations, staff and volunteers on its plan to split the Country Fire Authority.
The report also concludes that Presumptive Rights Compensation that would help protect firefighters should be introduced to the Parliament as a separate bill.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley said our local volunteer firefighters had been unfairly treated
“Our CFA brigades should be focused on preparing for the fire season, not Daniel Andrews’ plans to tear our fire services apart.” Ms Staley said.
“Daniel Andrews is playing politics with the safety of Victorians. The Liberal Nationals will protect those who protect us.”
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin said the Andrews Government’s shadowy behaviour warranted further investigations
“The key issue is did Daniel Andrews, his office, or members of his government, know or direct DPC to interfere with the Committee politically.” Mr Battin said.
“Victoria’s 60,000 CFA volunteers help keep lives and property safe, but Daniel Andrews and his union puppet-masters are tearing this organisation apart. On page 16 of the report, the Committee found that the Andrews Government “demonstrated substantially greater trust in the UFU” rather than its own fire services.”