MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh believed the State Government’s Fire Rescue Victoria bill would tear the CFA apart, give the United Firefighters Union control of CFA stations and assets and strip the CFA of its autonomy.
Mr Walsh said Daniel Andrews and Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp tried to ram through the “flawed” Fire Rescue Victoria bill while a known opponent was unwell and unable to cast her vote.
“Daniel Andrews has been deceitful and manipulative by tying his flawed Fire Rescue Victoria plan to the same bill as cancer compensation for firefighters,” Mr Walsh said.
“Only a Liberal Nationals government will protect both volunteer and career firefighters’ rights for cancer compensation by introducing Presumptive Rights legislation, while protecting the CFA.
“We will also enshrine the rights of volunteers in legislation; ensure Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria is properly funded and restore funding to the CFA volunteer magazine Fire Wise.”
Mr Walsh said Daniel Andrews should take his flawed bill to the election and let Victorians vote at the ballot box.
“Victorians will have a clear choice at the November State Election – Daniel Andrews and his union mates at the UFU, or the Liberal Nationals and the CFA, with its long and proud history of volunteerism,” he said.
“The choice could not be clearer.”