No New Tax – Fund NSW firefighting fairly

No New Tax – Fund firefighting fairly.


First Barry O’Farrell announced plans to close up to eight fire stations each day, leaving large parts of Sydney without a fire truck in their local station. Now he wants to hit you with a new tax.

That’s right. Barry O’Farrell wants you to pay more, for less.

  • In other words, he’s taxing families in order to boost the profits of big insurance companies. It’s outrageous.

    The new tax will be an average $300 per year on top of your council rates. Clearly Mr O’Farrell doesn’t understand the strain families in NSW are facing.

Why is he doing this?

  • Barry O’Farrell is trying to change the way fire stations are funded. For over 100 years, insurers have provided the lion’s share of our emergency services funding. It makes sense because a strong fire service saves them billions in insurance claims. Right now it’s a true “user pays” system.

    But now, the insurance companies have convinced Mr O’Farrell to tear up that system.

    This will deliver the insurance companies a windfall of up to $700 million in extra profits.

Luckily, it’s not too late to stop this regressive tax

  • The NSW Government is holding a public consultation on the funding changes. Click the button to say no to Barry’s new tax. Follow our easy-to-use submission guide to tell Mr O’Farrell why you oppose this new tax. Hurry! Submissions close October 8th.


About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am 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. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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