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Labor’s Blue Card fail threatens rural fire brigade

23rd October 2019

Queensland faces a mass exodus of 18,000 Rural Fire Brigade volunteers over the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s mishandling of mandatory Blue Cards for service members.

Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and Volunteers Lachlan Millar said Labor’s bungling would devastate the Brigade’s capabilities with 86 per cent of personnel on the chopping block*.

“If 18,000 rural firefighters hand their badges in over this then the lives of Queenslanders will be put at risk,” said Mr Millar.

“Community safety must always come first, especially when it comes to children, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s mismanagement of accreditation threatens the state’s rural firefighting force.

“Clearly the Palaszczuk Labor Government and Minister Crawford have failed to properly engage and communicate with rural firies over this process.

“Labor needs to acknowledge the introduction has been a bungled and put in place a better process to ensure the Blue Card requirement is appropriately rolled out.

“Its’s time for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Craig Crawford to fix this mess before it’s too late.”

*RFBAQ media release: Premier Palaszczuk – please stop the Government sacking over 18,000 Rural Fire Brigade volunteers.