Today the Andrews Labor Government forced through, without adequate community consultation, legislation to break up the CFA and risk the safety of all Victorians. Daniel Andrews waited to bring this bill before the Parliament after the federal election – knowing the bill would shatter CFA volunteers across the state.
The Andrews Labor Government rushed this controversial bill through the Parliament, with the clear understanding that Fire Rescue Victoria will be the beginning of the end for Victoria’s beloved 74-year-old volunteer Country Fire Authority organisation.
The bill disrespects volunteers and threatens our community safety in future fire seasons.
Labor put two bills in one and refused to separate cancer compensation for volunteers from the bill to destroy the service that has proudly protected us for decades.
The Government have this year alone cut $40m from the CFA budget and millions from the emergency services – hindering our volunteers from protecting our community.
When we look back at the arrogant Andrews Government, they will be remembered for removing the surge capacity to protect Victoria on days like the 2009 Bushfires.
The Liberal National party strongly opposed these changes, and we commit to always putting community safety first.
Brad Battin MP
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services