McCurdy backs Royal Com­mis­sion into fire ser­vices

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

State Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy said a Royal Com­mis­sion into Vic­to­ria’s fire ser­vices would re­store the con­fi­dence of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the re­gion’s CFA volunteers.

Vic­to­rian Op­po­si­tion Leader Matthew Guy and Na­tion­als Leader Peter Walsh re­cently an­nounced a Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment would ini­ti­ate a Royal Com­mis­sion.

‘‘The pledge for a Royal Com­mis­sion is about en­sur­ing we pro­tect those who pro­tect us,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

‘‘In the past year both the CFA and MFB boards have been re­placed, re­sult­ing in more than 100 years of ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing lost and rais­ing con­cerns about oper­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness.

‘‘Se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of bul­ly­ing, in­tim­i­da­tion, sex­ual ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion within Vic­to­ria’s fire ser­vices have been brought to light in a se­ries of re­ports but com­pletely over­looked by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.’’

Mr McCurdy said a Royal Com­mis­sion, com­pletely in­de­pen­dent of gov­ern­ment, was vi­tal and ur­gently re­quired.

‘‘There have been a num­ber of pre­vi­ous at­tempts at re­form of our fire ser­vices as well as at­tempts to fix cul­tural and oper­a­tional prob­lems, but noth­ing has worked,’’ he said.

‘‘A Royal Com­mis­sion will crit­i­cally ex­am­ine the is­sues our fire ser­vices are fac­ing and come up with ev­i­dence-based so­lu­tions.

‘‘The Na­tion­als will al­ways stand up for CFA volunteers and we will al­ways pro­tect the volunteers who pro­tect us.’’

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