Legislation that volunteer firefighters fear will tear apart the Country Fire Authority has been sent to a committee for consultation and improvements, failing to receive the required level of support in Parliament’s Legislative Council
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said due to pressure from the Liberal-Nationals and cross benchers, the Government agreed to send the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 to a committee.
“Having met with fire brigades alongside State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy in Bairnsdale and Heyfield last week, it is clear that volunteers have serious concerns regarding this legislation,” Mr Bull said.
“I have been contacted by many volunteers since this legislation was introduced, so I am pleased at the least it has been sent for further investigation by a Parliamentary committee.
“It is well-known the Government has tried to ram this Bill through with very little consultation with CFA volunteers.
“I look forward to further details of this inquiry coming to hand and when they do, I would encourage all concerned residents and local CFA brigade members to express their concern through a submission,” Mr Bull said.
Thursday, June 22, 2017