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Andrews under fire over plan to split CFA

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September 07, 2017

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the report made clear Premier Daniel Andrews had failed to properly consult emergency service organisations, staff and volunteers.

A PARLIAMENTARY committee has recommended the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) be investigated for interfering in an inquiry into Victoria’s fire services.

The Legislative Council Fire Services Bill Select Committee report was handed down last month, also recommending the Victorian Government’s fire services bill be withdrawn from parliament.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the report made clear Premier Daniel Andrews had failed to properly consult emergency service organisations, staff and volunteers on Labor’s plan to split the Country Fire Authority.

“A key question is whether Daniel Andrews, his office or members of his government knew of or directed DPC to politically interfere with the committee.”

The committee said the government’s consultation had been “inadequate” and “in the case of consultation with volunteers, in contravention of the CFA Act”.

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