Motion to establish CFS Select Committee postponed until 2024

The Liberal Party will hold off from bringing on a motion - to establish a Select Committee to investigate the Country Fire Service (CFS) - to a vote until early 2024.

The decision follows concerns raised by Legislative Council Members about the impact the Select Committee could have on the CFS over the summer months when volunteers are at their busiest.

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Adrian Pederick, said he is disappointed to see the establishment of the Select Committee postponed but acknowledges bushfire season must be front of mind for our CFS volunteers.

"The Liberal Party is intent on seeing the Committee established, so we will continue to push for it during the next sitting year," Mr Pederick said.

"This will allow our CFS volunteers to focus on doing what they do best over the summer, which hopefully includes taking a well-deserved Christmas break."

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional South Australia, Ben Hood, said it's crucial the motion is supported by the crossbench, given the Malinauskas Labor Government has signalled they will oppose the opportunity for CFS volunteers to speak out. 

"Volunteers throughout South Australia have repeatedly told us they want a Select Committee to ensure Parliamentary oversight over the CFS," Mr Hood said.

"Our volunteers deserve to be able to speak to their experiences without fear or favour.

"I encourage anyone who wants to see this committee formed to contact members of the Legislative Council over the break and urge them to support this motion." 

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