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UP­PER HOUSE CROSS­BENCHERS NOT BACK­ING VIC­TO­RIAN CFA SPLIT

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

Vic­to­ria’s con­tro­ver­sial bid to split the CFA does not have the sup­port of two key cross­benchers in the up­per house, while two oth­ers have not made up their minds.

Cross­benchers Rachel Car­ling-Jenk­ins and James Pur­cell do not sup­port the bill to break up the CFA in its cur­rent form.

But Premier Daniel An­drews said they will con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions to pass the bill, which would split the CFA into a vol­un­teeronly or­gan­i­sa­tion and merge ca­reer fire­fight­ers into the MFB to cre­ate Fire Ser­vices Vic­to­ria.

The DLP’s Ms Car­lingJenk­ins wants the mat­ter to go to a select com­mit­tee, with a new panel of MPs to ex­am­ine the bill.

‘‘Both sides need to be heard, there is so much angst, there’s so much within the MFB and within the CFA,’’ she said.

Ms Car­ling-Jenk­ins said the main com­plaint about the gov­ern­ment’s plan was a lack of con­sul­ta­tion.

In­de­pen­dent MP Mr Pur­cell has is­sues with the lack of con­sul­ta­tion and thinks the bill will stall in the 40-mem­ber up­per house.

‘‘I’m not sure where this is gonna (sic) fin­ish be­cause my read­ing of the num­bers, it’s gonna be 20-20 no mat­ter what­ever hap­pens,’’ he said.

The two Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers MPs have yet to make up their minds on whether to sup­port the bill and said they had not been given enough time to con­tem­plate it.

‘‘This is one of those things that if it gets messed up, it’s go­ing to mess up for a long time. We’ve got to make sure we vote the right way for the right rea­sons,’’ Jeff Bour­man said.

Mr An­drews would not com­ment on whether the bill will be with­drawn from the up­per house or a com­mit­tee formed to ex­am­ine it.

‘‘We’re hav­ing dis­cus­sions with the cross­bench and those dis­cus­sion will con­tinue through­out the day and week and we’ll see how that de­bate runs,’’ he said.

The State Gov­ern­ment has said cre­at­ing a new fire or­gan­i­sa­tion was the only way to break an im­passe in the pro­tracted CFA pay dis­pute and im­prove emer­gency re­sponses.

The split is also tied to widely-sup­ported pre­sump­tive rights cancer com­pen­sa­tion.

Op­po­si­tion leader Matthew Guy said the Coali­tion would not look to split the bill be­cause it did not have the num­bers.

Not sup­ported: Up­per House cross­benchers will not sup­port the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s bid to split the CFA.

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