Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 in Victoria

Embattled Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan has again been forced to defend his competency, after it was revealed that 20 CFA trucks had been allowed to run out of registration, Shadow Emergency Services Spokesman James Merlino said today.

Mr Merlino said that it would take the CFA some time to re-register the vehicles, which would mean some fire stations will continue to be without vital appliances.

“The fact that more that a dozen fire stations will be down a CFA truck due to a bureaucratic blunder is a major embarrassment for Mr Ryan,” Mr Merlino said.

“While the CFA will rush to re-register the 20 affected vehicles, Mr Ryan was completely unaware of the registration issues.

“This will come as little consolation for communities like Marysville, Moe and Fiskville which will have trucks offline while the paperwork is sorted out.”

Mr Merlino said the issue of de-registered trucks was the latest in a long line of stuff-ups from a Minister struggling to keep on top of his portfolios.

“Mr Ryan has already dropped the ball on emergency services – he is responsible for the over-time and over-budget PSO rollout,” he said.

“As the minister responsible for preparing the state against bushfire, Mr Ryan has dragged his heels on implementing the Bushfire Royal Commission’s recommendations, specifically falling behind in the trial and rollout of fire refuges for the most at-risk communities.

“Regional Victoria has seen the closure of many DPI offices and many people have lost their jobs as a result.

“And, of course, there was the campaign directly run out of his own office to oust then-Chief Commissioner Simon Overland.

“In each of his portfolios, there have been back-flips, blunders and blowouts – Mr Ryan is clearly not across the detail and things are going wrong.

“This is the man who is next in-line to run the state – Victoria needs better than what little Mr Ryan is delivering.”



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