The Victorian Liberal National Coalition has moved to support volunteer firefighters by introducing legislation into the Victorian Upper House to protect them.
Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said the amendment to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 aimed to protect the rights of volunteers who are currently under siege from the Andrews Labor Government.
‘The Victorian Coalition is continuing to work to support our Country Fire Authority volunteers and by strengthening the Country Fire Authority Act we are enshrining in legislation the importance and value of our volunteers,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Daniel Andrews and the Labor Government have taken a very deliberate stance against the CFA and volunteers and we will continue to work to strengthen their role in our community, not weaken it.’
The bill will amend the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 to;
- Recognise the CFA as a volunteer-based organisation;
- Recognise the authority’s requirement to have regard to the Volunteer Charter and the principles and commitment contained therein;
- Restrict the authority entering any deed, agreement or arrangement that may adversely affect volunteers and or avoid the application of any Commonwealth or Victorian law.
The bill aims to strengthen the Volunteer Charter signed by the Liberal Nationals Government in 2011 that the current Labor Government has since allowed to be weakened.
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin said it was time Daniel Andrews stood up and supported CFA volunteers.
‘Daniel Andrews chooses war; well the Liberal Nationals choose to standby our volunteers and fight for their rights,’ Mr Battin said.
The Liberal Nationals will continue to work to protect our 57,000 hardworking volunteers who protect the lives and property of millions of Victorians.
These brave women and men give up their time and risk their lives for us, and the Andrews Labor Government treats them with utter contempt.’