‘Registered Party’ State Election Policies for Rural Fire Brigades

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015

On Thursday 27th November 2014, the RFBAQ wrote to every registered political party in Queensland seeking their support in forming election policies and pledges that support the 1,441 Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland.

Click here to view registered political party responses, which we will be updated daily as they are received.

Since that date the RFBAQ has contacted every registered political party. Below are the responses to date in the order that they appear on the Electoral Commission Queensland website:

 

Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland)

Note: On the 12th December 2013 the Leader of the Opposition wrote to the State Secretary of the UFUQ with election commitments.


Queensland Greens

  • Letter sent 27th November 2014
  • 11/12/2014 - telephone call - initial discussion
  • 05/01/2015 - telephone call - left message
  • 12/01/2015 - telephone call - left message

Family First Party Queensland

  • Letter sent 27th November 2014
  • 11/12/2014 - telephone call - left message
  • 05/01/2015 - telephone call - left message
  • 12/01/2015 - telephone call - left message
  • 13/01/2015 - Working to create a comprehensive policy for support of Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland. Once this policy has been finalised it will be made available to Rural Fire Brigade volunteers for their information.

Liberal National Party of Queensland

  • Letter sent 27th November 2014

The LNP has been in constant contact with the RFBAQ since the receipt of the letter of the 27th November and the LNP is currently working to create a comprehensive policy for support of Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland. Once this policy has been finalised it will be made available to Rural Fire Brigade volunteers for their information.


One Nation Queensland Division


Katter's Australian Party

  • Letter sent 27th November 2014
  • 11/12/2014 - telephone call - telephone conversation and emails preparing meeting.
  • 12/01/2015 - met with RFBAQ

The State President of the Katter Party is currently working with the RFBAQ to create a comprehensive policy for support of Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland. Once this policy has been finalised it will be made available to Rural Fire Brigade volunteers for their information.


Palmer United Party

  • Letter sent 27th November 2014
  • 11/12/2014 - telephone call - left message
  • 07/01/2015 - telephone call - left message

 




The RFBAQ yesterday sent out a questionnaire to candidates for every seat in the Queensland State Election seeking their support for the 1,441 Rural Fire Brigades and the 35,000 Rural Fire Brigade volunteers and an undertaking that if elected they will work to help implement the 6 key election commitments which are:

  1. Rural Fire Brigade Volunteers included as Fire Service Officers under QFES Legislation.
  2. EMFRL to be distributed to brigades as per RFBAQ policy.
  3. Presumptive Legislation for Rural / Auxiliary / Urban firefighters without discriminatory qualifying / attendance prerequisites.
  4. Conditions of Service MOU for Rural Fire Brigade volunteers.
  5. Full implementation of Malone Review into the Rural Fire Service Queensland in keeping with the intent of Malone Review.
  6. Clear workable definition of the legal status of brigades reflecting Crown Law advice 2011.

These responses are made available on our website as they are returned by individual candidates.


The RFBAQ believes that following successive reviews into Rural Fire in Queensland and the demonstrated capability of Rural Fire Brigade volunteers, the 2015 Queensland State Election presents a seminal opportunity for all registered political parties to develop, with support; comprehensive and cohesive election commitments to the largest emergency service response organisation in Queensland.

 

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