Mr M O'BRIEN (Malvern—Leader of the Opposition):
My question is to the Premier.
The most recent CFA annual report reveals there were 3749 fewer operational volunteers in June 2018 than in June 2014. The Premier’s war on CFA volunteers has led to this reduction in volunteer numbers and has put the community at risk. Will the Premier now apologise for the disrespect he has shown to CFA volunteers that has led them to resign in such numbers?
Mr M O'BRIEN (Malvern—Leader of the Opposition): Speaker, before going to my
supplementary, I will make available to the house extracts from the CFA Annual Report 2013–14 and for 2017–18, showing the 3749 fewer operational volunteers.
My supplementary to the Premier regards a recent letter to all CFA volunteers from the project manager of the CFA’s planned burning task force pilot, saying that ‘The CFA’s capacity to undertake planned burning has been restricted by a lack of volunteer numbers’. This is clearly at odds with what the Premier said yesterday in Parliament and even just today. With the CFA attributing a reduction in planned burning to a lack of volunteer numbers, doesn’t this show that the Premier’s continued attacks on CFA volunteers are nothing less than a risk to public safety?