The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been caught making a massive cut to Rural Fire Service funding in Queensland.
The LNP Opposition has revealed the Rural Fire Service's funding was being slashed by $13million this financial year – a 25 per cent reduction of its 2018/19 budget.
Labor must explain why.
Given the unprecedented recent fires, you'd think it would be time to increase investment in our Rural Fire Services – not axe it by a quarter.
Labor's Emergency Services Minister claims to support rural firies when he's in the regions, but when he gets back to Brisbane he takes an axe to their budget.
This dangerous cut in Rural Fire Service funding shows that Labor doesn't care about regional Queensland.
Labor cut the number of hazard reduction burns and then blamed the bushfires on our farmers.
Blaming farmers for confusion over backburning while ignoring Labor's mismanagement of state-controlled land and national parks was a new low.
Only the LNP will deal with the bushfire threat and ensure our rural firies get the funding they need.
LNP Shadow Minister for Fire Lachlan Millar