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Is the Premier in hot water over CFA plan?

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August 23, 2017

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

The Legislative Council Fire Services Bill Select Committee report was handed down on recently, also recommending the Andrews Labor Government’s fire services Bill is withdrawn from parliament.

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said the report made it clear that Daniel Andrews had failed to properly consult emergency service organisations, staff and volunteers on his plan to split the CFA.

“Our CFA brigades should be focused on preparing for the fire season, not Daniel Andrews’ plans to tear our fire services apart,” she said.

“A key question this report raises 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 Victorian Government’s consultation on the bill had been “inadequate” and “in the case of consultation with volunteers, in contravention of the CFA Act”.

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