Labor shuts down question on making fire services safe for women

Today in Question Time, the Andrews Labor Government gagged a question from the Liberal Nationals’ Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Tim Smith, about the safety of women in Victoria’s fire services.

Refusing leave, Labor showed it is more interested in protecting bullies in the fire services than protecting women or making a safe workplace.

The question which Labor refused to allow was:

“In the last couple of months alone there have been numerous front page reports of allegations of rape, sexual assault, distribution of pornography depicting children, discrimination and bullying in the state’s fire services. Is the Government satisfied that women in these Government agencies are safe at work?”

Labor’s effort to gag this question tells Victorians who it is really interested in protecting – and it’s not women in the fire services.

Michael O'Brien MP

Leader of the Liberal Party

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