Fire Services Levy

Fire Services

19 March 2015


19 March, 2015

Ms RYAN (Euroa) — My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. Will the minister rule out any increase in the fire services levy to pay for the United Firefighters Union's log of claims?

Ms Allan — On a point of order, Speaker, I am sure the minister is very happy to dispatch the Dorothy Dixers coming from those opposite. However, the issue of the administration of the fire services property levy is the responsibility of the Treasurer, not the Minister for Emergency Services, and therefore the member for Euroa is asking the question of the wrong minister and it should be ruled out of order.

Mr Clark — On the point of order, Speaker, the minister has accepted responsibility in public comments already in relation to the handling of the log of claims by the United Firefighters Union (UFU). The minister is also the minister responsible for the framing of the budget of the Country Fire Authority, and therefore the minister is well in a position to know whether any change to that budget as a result of responding to the log of claims by the UFU will flow through to the fire services levy. It is therefore a question that is completely appropriate to be asked of the minister.

The SPEAKER — Order! I ask the member for Euroa to refer the question to the Treasurer, who is, I understand, the responsible minister.

Ms RYAN — My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. Will the minister — —

The SPEAKER — Order! I ask the member for Euroa to refer the question to the appropriate minister.

Ms RYAN — May I rephrase, Speaker?

The SPEAKER — The member may rephrase the question but refer it to the appropriate minister. I am advising her that the appropriate minister is the Treasurer.

Ms RYAN — My question is to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer rule out any increase in the fire services levy to pay for the United Firefighters Union's log of claims?

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RYAN (Euroa) — Will the Treasurer give a guarantee that there will be no reduction in capital expenditure for volunteer fire stations or the fire truck replacement program to pay for the United Firefighters Union log of claims?

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