Media Release

05 November 2018

Battin: Daniel Andrews puts Union before Community Safety

Monday 5 November 2018

Daniel Andrews puts Union before Community Safety

Daniel Andrews has confirmed he will put Victorians’ safety and lives at risk to deliver on his secret deal with Peter Marshall and the United Firefighters Union.

Reports today of Justice Bernard Teague comments have shown that Daniel Andrews has lost control of CFA dispute and plans to destroy the CFA and hand over control to the firebrand, militant UFU boss, Peter Marshall.

“Daniel Andrews has had to pay and will continue to pay for the position that is taken by the UFU but … it comes at a cost to the community.” Justice Teague stated. It is now time for Daniel Andrews and Labor to listen.

When the Chair of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire Royal Commission is concerned for community safety due to ‘veto powers’ going to the union and the Labor Government’s plan to tear apart the CFA, we should all listen.

As Victoria heads towards summer, authorities have warned this year could be the worst fire season since Black Saturday, with a large amount of fire load in bushfire-prone areas across Victoria.

The war against the CFA has gone on for years, and Daniel Andrews has confirmed if re-elected, he will continue to disrespect volunteers to pay back the union for their 2014 campaign efforts.

Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of the CFA dispute and protect the rights of our hardworking firefighters.

Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of the CFA dispute, allowing cancer rights for firefighters to be used by his government as a political tool.

A Liberal Nationals government will introduce a Presumptive Legislation Bill in the first parliamentary sitting week of 2019, if elected this November. The bill will ensure all career and volunteer firefighters have fair and timely access to cancer compensation.

Each and every day, our CFA volunteers leave their families to fight fires, saves lives and keep us safe. The Liberal Nationals will protect those who protect us

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“Daniel Andrews’ war on volunteers has put Victoria at risk this fire season, he has not only lost control, but has confirmed he will hand control of the fire services directly to the Union.”

The Liberal Nationals will get back in control of the CFA dispute and protect our firefighters who risk their lives to keep us safe.

Unlike Daniel Andrews I will not discriminate between career and volunteer firefighters.”