Letter to the Editor: Government still failing CFA on fire services reform
Summer is starting and with that comes peak fire season. This summer is set to be hotter than average and some parts of Victoria have already faced fires.
The bill to break up the CFA sits stalled in the parliament with the government continuing to fuel much uncertainty for the CFA and its 60,000 volunteers who protect regional communities ahead of the fire season.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that the fire services issue be resolved in a timely manner, but what we have seen from the Andrews Labor Government is a failure to resolve it.
The Premier declared months ago that he had fixed the issue, but after endless debate and discussion, this issue has not been resolved and is worse than ever.
After a rushed select committee on the issue, the government now refuses to bring the legislation to the Parliament, as it has been sitting on the notice paper for months and is not looking like being debated in Parliament anytime soon.
The government knows that this legislation treats volunteers unfairly and they are continuing to wage war on volunteers and treat them with disdain.
Our CFA volunteers are often the last line of defence when those fires come bearing down on our communities, our families and our homes.
The brave CFA volunteers who protect our lives and homes deserve our respect and our communities deserve to feel safe during fire season.