Walsh wants CFA royal com­mis­sion

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MEM­BER for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh and his Coali­tion part­ners have gone for the heavy ar­tillery in the CFA saga.

They are promis­ing a Royal Com­mis­sion into Vic­to­ria’s fire ser­vices – if elected in Novem­ber next year.

Mr Walsh said only an in­quiry with the power of a Royal Com­mis­sion – and its power of sub­poena – will re­store the con­fi­dence of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the re­gion’s CFA vol­un­teers.

He said un­til the real and per­ceived cul­tural is­sues sur­round­ing the in­sti­tu­tion are cured there won’t be the gen­der di­ver­sity it needs.

“The num­ber of women in the fire ser­vices is go­ing the wrong way, cur­rently down six per cent this year,” Mr Walsh said.

“This de­ci­sion to hold a Royal Com­mis­sion is about pro­tect­ing the peo­ple who pro­tect us,” he said.

“The Royal Com­mis­sion will be one of our first pri­or­i­ties when elected so we can have a fi­nal re­port handed down some­time in 2019.”

Mr Walsh said the pol­icy would take the pol­i­tics out of the bit­ter dis­pute over Vic­to­ria’s fire ser­vices.

He said many lo­cal vol­un­teers have told him they feel there is no longer any­one left to stand up for them and to rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests.

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