QoN: Fire Hazard Prosecutions

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) During 2014/2015 how many prosecutions were brought by Local Government Authorities in Western Australia against landowners who failed to comply with…

QwN: Presumptive laws for volunteers

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s predecessor’s commitment that presumptive cancer firefighter laws would apply to both career and volunteer firefighters. (1) Is…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Margaret Quirk on ESL/Budget

The following was part of a speech given to Parliament by the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk on 20 May: After years of denial and blustering from the government, it is readily apparent that a large proportion of the moneys collected from the Western Australian ratepayers in the emergency services levy is not…

QoN: Emergency Services — SEMC

The following Question on Notice was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament today: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the State Emergency Management Committee’s Emergency Preparedness Report tabled in November 2014 and its finding on page 40 that…