Friday 26 November 2021
Despite the horrors of the recent summer bushfires still front of mind for all Victorians, the Andrews Labor Government has once again shown it’s not interested in being part of the solution.
Daniel Andrews has previously said that “seconds save lives” when in times of emergency.
This is perhaps what is most disappointing as the Premier and Minister for Emergency Services play political games when the safety of Victorians is at stake.
The Andrews Labor Government has failed to adequately consult with Liberal National MPs who represent Victorians in some of the highest-risk fire danger areas.
Briefings provide risk levels, contacts and prevention strategies, and are vital heading into the fire season.
Not offering reasonable flexibility to consult with the Opposition flies in the face of Victorians still recovering from previous fires.
Additionally, while Andrews’ creation Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) cost taxpayers more than $70 million as overtime allowances ballooned, local CFA sheds sit idly waiting for any sign of support from the government.
Daniel Andrews must prioritise consultation to properly brief MP’s from all sides of politics.
The stakes are far too high.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:
“Daniel Andrews must put politics aside when it comes to fire preparations and the safety of Victorians.
“Communities rely on leadership and support during periods of crisis. Every MP must be up to date and prepared for another dangerous fire season.
“Arrogance will not put out a fire, save a life or prepare Victorian families for the upcoming fire season.”