Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Northern Victoria MP Daniel Young today announced he will move to split the controversial fire services bill, to provide separate debates on firefighters’ presumptive rights compensation and a proposal to restructure the CFA and MFB.
The move comes in response to an inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017, which combines both issues. Mr Young sat on the inquiry’s select committee, and supported key recommendations that the bill should be withdrawn and the presumptive rights compensation component should be re-introduced as a stand-alone bill.
“The Andrews Government plans to ignore these key recommendations and try to force through its current flawed bill,” Mr Young said.
“The two issues in the bill should be separate debates and separate votes.
“My motion is to recognise the concerns raised by the firefighters of Victoria. They repeatedly stated they were never properly consulted about any proposed changes and want debate on presumptive legislation to be removed from the controversial fire services reform.
“The Government continues to ignore the core findings of the inquiry and refuses to listen to the concern of firefighters. In response, my motion to split the bill will provide a reasonable solution to allow the issues to be debated properly. This will give the proposed reform to the fire services and presumptive rights compensation independent consideration by the Victorian Parliament.”