Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today said findings today by the Fire Services Bill Select Committee was vindication for those who felt Daniel Andrews was putting politics before genuine reform with proposed fire services Legislation.
‘The findings today of the Fire Services Bill Select Committee is damning of the Andrews Labor Government and its underhanded tactics in attempting to ram this Legislation through based on sham consultation,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘From day one, Victorians have know this Legislation was about delivering for the UFU and Daniel Andrews Union mates, not about building a genuinely better fire service.
‘Our CFA, our volunteers, deserved better from this Labor Government and rightly will be outraged at the findings today.
‘Claims by the Andrews Labor Government that they widely consulted on proposed reform was also found to be a misleading. Continually this Labor Government has acted without properly engaging those their changes will impact from the fire services reforms, to SkyRail and more.
‘Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government should be ashamed of their bullying tactics they used in attempting to ram this Legislation through and I commend the Select Committee for calling out the Andrews Government for this behavior,’ said Mr Blackwood.
Daniel Andrews failure to consult CFA volunteers on the split of professional and volunteer members is a slap in the face to the thousands of volunteers who have protected our State for decades Mr Blackwood has told State Parliament this week. ‘The announcement last week by the Andrews Government to effectively break up the CFA,Continue Reading
Concerns have been raised that a decision to split the professional and volunteer fire fighting services in Victoria may discourage current and future volunteers of the service Mr Blackwood has said today. Mr Blackwood said for months speculation had been rampant that this move would be made to appease the UFU and there were veryContinue Reading
Statement to the Parliament of Victoria – 3 May 2016 BLACKWOOD (Narracan) — The Premier must not overrule his Minister for Emergency Services and agree to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) enterprise bargaining agreement in its current form. To do so would completely undermine the tremendous work of the 60 000 CFA volunteers across Victoria. In manyContinue Reading
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has congratulated five local CFA groups that will receive funding from the 2015/16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Mr Blackwood said the program assisted emergency service agencies with the purchase of life-saving equipment, trucks, boats and funds minor upgrades. “Local emergency service volunteers make a significant contributionContinue Reading
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