Saturday 30 December 2017
Royal Commission now necessary and urgent
Daniel Andrews’ disrespect for CFA volunteers has torn away at the fabric of our fire services.
Allegations his own hand-picked CEO has breached the privacy of a 17 year old girl and her family to suit an attempt to further tarnish volunteers, must be investigated.
This is further evidence that a Royal Commission into Victoria’s fire services is now necessary and urgent.
If elected in 2018, the Liberal Nationals will launch a Royal Commission into Victoria’s fire services.
Questions surrounding the recent incident at Eaglehawk CFA station must be answered:
– Why did CFA CEO Frances Diver go on Melbourne radio to talk about the alleged incident, but now says she can’t give further detail as it is under investigation?
– Why did Frances Diver release CCTV footage to the media against the wishes of the family?
– Did Frances Diver have discussions with Emergency Services Minister James Merlino prior to releasing the CCTV footage?
– Did the Minister approve the release of the CCTV footage?
– Did anyone in the Premier’s office see the CCTV footage before it was released?
– Did the Premier’s office pass any footage or information to the United Firefighters’ Union regarding this confidential investigation?
Again we see the Andrews Labor Government and their hand-picked management working to erode the public perception of fire services volunteers. Volunteers deserve our support and respect.
Only a Royal Commission will uncover the truth of what’s going on behind closed doors in Victoria’s fire services.