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2013 Election Statement

FBEU members outside NSW Parliament House

FBEU members outside NSW Parliament House (Photo credit: socialistalternative)

2013 Election Statement
September 4, 2013

What does a Coalition Government mean for us?

With an ALP win in the Federal Election now paying $12.50 it seems almost certain that come Saturday we will have Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

This is not good news for firefighters.

Whilst Abbott’s Coalition have been running a small target strategy in this campaign they have let their mask slip enough to show that they will make widespread cuts to fund their election promises. These cuts, like those the O’Farrell NSW Government has already made, will gut the services we all rely upon. And while they haven’t made their industrial relations plans public yet, it is obvious that in government they will be hostile to unionised workers like us.

Consequently, the Union’s State Committee of Management has resolved to encourage FBEU members to vote either Labor or Green this Saturday. This is particularly important in the Senate.

The last time the Coalition had control of both Houses of Parliament, John Howard introduced WorkChoices. So please, think about your vote and make it count. An Abbott Government will be no good for workers, and an Abbott Government with control of the Senate will be a disaster for all of us.

Jim Casey

State Secretary

Tuesday 3 September 2013

via 2013 Election Statement | FBEU.

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.
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