Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy
This week the Andrews Government has redefined the word shambles.
There are no lengths Daniel Andrews won’t go to in his war against Victoria’s 60,000 CFA volunteers.
Today in the Parliament the Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins, made a statement attributing remarks to the President of the Fair Work Commission Iain Ross.
Minister Hutchins claimed President Ross personally supported the CFA/UFU Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, saying:
“President Ross assured me that the proposed agreement will improve diversity in the CFA. The Commission has recommended an objective that the parties, in implementing the agreement, will act consistently with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation. Improving diversity is a shared responsibility in workplaces, something they don’t know about. And proposed agreements do not get in the way of Section 65 of the Fair Work Act.”
This afternoon, Shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto and Shadow Emergency Services Minister Brad Battin spoke with President Ross who clearly denied not only making those specific statements Minister Hutchins made but also denied ever getting into the merits of the proposed EBA.
After it became clear she had misled the house, Minister Hutchins told Parliament that she did not grasp a complex issues and misspoke.
Daniel Andrews has previously stated:
“I will not be lied to, and I will not accept incompetence.” – The Age, 3 March 2015
If this is still his position he should immediately request Minister Hutchins’ resignation and she should provide it.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy:
The Minister is either incompetent or a liar – she can’t be neither.
Daniel Andrews’ blind support for the militant union over the rights of 60,000 CFA volunteers is starting to unravel.
The Andrews Government is in shambles with Ministers at war, leaking against each other and misleading the Parliament.
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