Posted on 12. May, 2014 in News

The independent audit of the CFA chiefs’ credit cards must be released to the public.

Secret documents obtained by the State Opposition reveal a shocking culture of excess and entitlement among some senior executives at the Country Fire Authority.

Executives are racking up $9,000 a month on food, wine, accommodation and travel expenses.

Last week’s State Budget revealed that 90 permanent CFA staff will lose their jobs over the next 12 months, due to CFA funding cuts.

Quotes attributable to Mr Noonan:

“First, the Minister spends bushfire season at the tennis, now CFA executives wine and dine at Melbourne’s finest restaurants – all at taxpayers’ expense.”

“While our career and volunteer firefighters struggle to keep up with the ever increasing demands of the job, the Minister has presided over a culture of waste and entitlement at the most senior levels inside the CFA.”

“This is what we’ve come to expect under Denis Napthine’s dysfunctional Government.”

“All the findings of this audit must be made public, because taxpayers have a right to know.”

Key facts

• More than $230,000 was charged to the credit cards of the CFA’s most senior managers between December 2010 and February 2013, including expenses for fine dining, alcohol, luxury accommodation, overseas travel, taxis, parking and other expenses.
• During the same period there were more than 150 unsubstantiated claims without a receipt totalling more than $9,500, all of them reimbursed by the CFA.
• One former senior executive racked up $8,254 in parking expenses over a two-year period.
• A total of 33 individuals were employed as executives during 2012-13, with salaries totalling more than $6.3 million.

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