CONSTITUENCY QUESTION TO EMERGENCY SERVICES MINISTER: 6 June 2017
The constituency question I wish to raise is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Days after Labor announced it would ride a United Firefighters Union wrecking ball through the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the CFA chief officer, Steve Warrington, stated emphatically in a video message to CFA members, and I quote:
… any suggestion that we are not providing a quality service to the Victorian community is absolute rubbish.
Minister, when Labor’s own CFA chief officer has no concerns about safety or quality of service to the Victorian community with the current integrated CFA model and the independent fire services review in 2015 recommending strengthening integration, recommendations which your government committed to adopting in March 2016, where is the justification to divide volunteers from paid members in the CFA?