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NSW Brigade funding review under fire by #FBEU

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UNIONS and the State opposition have slammed a proposal by the O’Farrell Government to slug households $300 a year to fund Fire and Rescue NSW.

Currently Fire and Rescue NSW is 75% funded by the insurance industry.

But the Government discussion paper Funding our Emergency Services contains a proposal to let the insurance industry off the hook and instead tax households $300 a year.

Fire Brigade Employees Union country sub-branch secretary Tim Anderson said the tax comes at the same time the O’Farrell Government is endangering community safety by announcing temporary fire station closures.

“The insurance industry not only funds Fire and Rescue NSW, but it also funds the Rural Fire Service and the SES as well, so this is going to have much broader implications than just on Fire and Rescue NSW,” he said.

Opposition Leader John Robertson slammed the proposed new tax, saying Barry O’Farrell is hurting families to appease his mates in the insurance industry.

A spokesperson for Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher said as the funding for Fire and Rescue was under review it would be inappropriate to comment until the review is finished.

 

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.

2 Comments on NSW Brigade funding review under fire by #FBEU

  1. are my insurance premiums going to drop $300 per annum to cover this new tax

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  2. Not a hope in hell. You’ll continue to pay the same insurance, and cop the $300/yr for good measure. but rest assured, the Insurance companies get to keep $1 Billion, and get the fire service for free ! Well done Barry O’Farrell.

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