Topic: Police and emergency services

More Powers For PSOs To Keep Victorian Commuters Safe

The Andrews Labor Government today announced that Protective Services Officers (PSOs) will be given new powers to target anti-social behaviour and crime, with legislation being introduced into Parliament this week. PSOs will be given a range of additional powers including the power to arrest a person who has breached their parole, conduct searches for illicit […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

2017 Victorian Labor State Conference — Premier’s Speech

I’d like to thank James, for his welcome and for his work – As our Minister for Education, his tireless efforts are giving every child in Victoria, every chance in life. And as our Minister for Emergency Services, his work is just as important. As you’ve heard, yesterday, we took a tough decision. It wasn’t […]

Categories: Speech

Matthew Guy Continues Liberal Lies On Firefighters

Liberal Leader Matthew Guy has once again been caught out telling lies as he continues his dishonest campaign of using our hardworking firefighters as political footballs. Standing with embattled Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin, just days after he’d made disgraceful slurs against Black Saturday firefighters, Matthew Guy claimed volunteer firefighter numbers in NSW […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Support For Firefighters When They Need It Most

The Andrews Labor Government will deliver long-awaited presumptive rights to cancer compensation for both career and volunteer firefighters. Medical and scientific studies link the use of certain chemicals in firefighting to cancer, but under current compensation laws, the onus sits with firefighters to prove that link. That onus is unscientific, unreasonable and unfair – and […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Modern Fire Services For A Safer Victoria

The CFA will be a volunteer-only firefighting service and the role of volunteers further enshrined under law, while a new organisation, Fire Rescue Victoria, will be established to fight fires in Melbourne and major regional centres, in much-needed and overdue reforms to the state’s fire services that will keep Victorians safe. Victoria has some of […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

No More Excuses – Matthew Guy Must Sack Brad Battin

Liberal Leader Matthew Guy has run out of time and excuses and must sack his Shadow Minister for Emergency Services as he continues to slur Black Saturday firefighters. In Parliament last week, Brad Battin incorrectly and disgracefully claimed that career firefighters took five and a half hours to respond to the Black Saturday bushfires, which claimed 173 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Weak Guy Fails Leadership Test On Firefighters’ Slur

Liberal Leader Matthew Guy has failed the test of leadership by not sacking his Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin, after he made a disgraceful slur against Black Saturday firefighters. And in an incredible admission, Matthew Guy has told 3AW that he didn’t even bother to find out what his Shadow Minister said before […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Position Untenable: Shadow Emergency Services Minister Must Go

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brad Battin must resign or be sacked following his disgraceful comments about Black Saturday firefighters. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly last week Mr Battin said: “When we go back to February 2009, the minister should be able to tell us how many career firefighters were on the firefighting ground on […]

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New CFA Training Site Secured

The future of a new CFA training centre is guaranteed, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, Acting CFA Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today visited Ballan to announce that the Government has purchased land for a new Victorian Emergency […]

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New Police Powers To Monitor Sex Offenders

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled a suite of new laws to give Victoria Police stronger powers to better monitor and investigate registered sex offenders. Under the changes to the Sex Offenders Registration Act, police will have the ability to take DNA and fingerprints from convicted sex offenders without a court order. This includes those […]

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