Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has delivered on his pre-election commitment to introduce Federal legislation to protect the CFA against Labor’s proposed takeover by the United Firefighters Union.
The Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers Bill to be introduced in the first sitting of Federal Parliament will move to protect the role of volunteer firefighters and the power of the Chief Fire Office.
This legislation will ensure any Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) that affects Emergency Service volunteers, including the State Emergency Service, will not restrict volunteers from doing what they do best – protecting Victorian families.
The Turnbull Government’s decisive action will stop Daniel Andrews’ EBA contravening the CFA Act 1958, which protects CFA volunteerism, by ensuring all EBA’s comply with state legislation.
Quotes attributable to Brad Battin MP, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services:
The Liberal Nationals Coalition welcomes the Turnbull Government making the protection of emergency service volunteers and Victorian families the highest priority.
This legislation gives volunteer firefighters the respect Daniel Andrews wouldn’t afford.
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