Media Release

07 October 2015

Wooldridge: Serious questions over the Victorian bushfires

Wednesday 7 October 2015

 

Serious questions over the Victorian bushfires

Background

In Parliament today, Coalition Leader in the Upper House, Mary Wooldridge, asked the Andrews Government whether Labor’s public holiday had impacted on firefighting resources.

The government was unable to answer the question.

The Australian Workers’ Union also recently commenced strike action which included bans on planned burning operations.

 

Comments from Coalition Spokeswoman Mary Wooldridge

Daniel Andrews must tell Victorians whether his public holiday reduced staffing resources and hampered their ability to manage planned burns.

If we have a government more focused on gifting days off than protecting communities from bushfires that would be a dangerous breach of community trust.

The investigation into this fire must cover the decisions of Daniel Andrews and his ministers that could have reduced the capacity of our firefighting force to protect the community.