Labor MPs must come clean on dirty fire deal
19 April 2018
Euroa’s CFA volunteers deserve to know the details of the deal Daniel Andrews did with United Firefighters Union chief Peter Marshall before the last election.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan says Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs Jaclyn Symes, Danielle Green and Mary Anne Thomas must come clean on the deal.
“We deserve to know why these Labor MPs have sold out our CFA volunteers,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan’s call follows the an extraordinary interview with Mr Marshall on ABC Radio yesterday in which the union boss stated:
‘The Andrews Government has made many promises to professional firefighters...’ and
‘As a matter of time the truth will come out about Daniel Andrews and James Merlino’s role in this.
“Peter Marshall has previously boasted that UFU members supported Labor’s campaign including 23 days of firefighters doorknocking, distributing 125,000 pamphlets at train stations and 700 firefighters standing on booths in nine marginal electorates for Daniel Andrews.
“It’s clear from the actions of Labor MPs that one of the things they guaranteed Peter Marshall in return for his support at the last election was a takeover of the CFA.
“Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs sold out one of the greatest volunteer organisations in this country in order to gain power.
“The quid quo pro they promised to Peter Marshall in backroom deals needs to be made public.”
Ms Ryan said The Nationals would continue to stand up for CFA volunteers and community safety.
“We will stand our ground to protect the CFA from a union takeover unlike Labor MPs who continue to put themselves and their own careers before the safety of country communities.”