Slash­ing $13 mil­lion from ru­ral fireys

The Western Star - - News -

THE Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment has been caught mak­ing a mas­sive cut to Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice fund­ing in Queens­land.

The LNP Op­po­si­tion has re­vealed the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice’s fund­ing was be­ing slashed by $13 mil­lion this fi­nan­cial year – a 25 per cent re­duc­tion of its 2018/19 bud­get.

La­bor must ex­plain why.

Given the un­prece­dented re­cent fires, you’d think it would be time to in­crease in­vest­ment in our Ru­ral Fire Ser­vices – not axe it by a quar­ter.

La­bor’s Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter claims to sup­port ru­ral fireys when he’s in the re­gions, but when he gets back to Bris­bane he takes an axe to their bud­get.

This dan­ger­ous cut in Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice fund­ing shows that La­bor doesn’t care about re­gional Queens­land.

La­bor cut the num­ber of hazard re­duc­tion burns and then blamed the bush­fires on our farm­ers.

Blam­ing farm­ers for con­fu­sion over back­burn­ing while ig­nor­ing La­bor’s mis­man­age­ment of state­con­trolled land and na­tional parks was a new low.

Only the LNP will deal with the bush­fire threat and en­sure our ru­ral fireys get the fund­ing they need. Lach­lan Mil­lar,

LNP Shadow Min­is­ter for Fire

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