Members statement- Fire services

Mr O'SULLIVAN — Tomorrow is going to be a very hot day in the northern part of Victoria and elsewhere as well, with temperatures reaching up to 43 degrees in Mildura and in the Mallee. The Firefighters' Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017 remains stalled in this chamber by the government, which refuses to bring it on for debate. The fire services need certainty as we approach the severe fire season that we may well have. They are not getting this certainty at the moment. The crisis that continues to surround this government is in relation to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria. The government continues its war against CFA volunteers for no reason. We saw just last week another case of bullying within the CFA in Bendigo. The government continues to stand by and do absolutely nothing when it comes to bullying and harassment in Victoria's fire services.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has undertaken an inquiry and has prepared a report into bullying and harassment, but Daniel Andrews continues to do absolutely nothing as Peter Marshall and the United Firefighters Union (UFU) continue to block the release of this report. They have taken their campaign to block the report's release to the highest court in Victoria — the Supreme Court. I wonder what they have got to hide. What is so bad in this report that the UFU and Peter Marshall are going to the Supreme Court to stop it being released? This report needs to be released as soon as possible. It needs to be released now. Daniel Andrews needs to intervene and ensure the report is released. Only a royal commission can get to the bottom of the problems that currently plague our fire services in Victoria.

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