2 Shares 165 Views

Sacked CFA board member to challenge James Merlino at ballot box

Sep 13, 2017
2 166

Posted September 13, 2017 15:58:11

One of the men sacked from the Country Fire Authority board by Victoria’s Deputy Premier James Merlino is challenging him at the ballot box.

John Schurink, an outspoken former board member, won preselection for Liberal Party for the seat of Monbulk in the Dandenong ranges.

Mr Merlino, who is the Emergency Services Minister, holds the seat by a margin of 5 per cent.

The area has a strong CFA presence and the backlash against Premier Daniel Andrews fire reforms is expected to be an key issue for local voters.

Mr Schurink, a veteran paramedic of 27 years, said he had previously been a member of the Young Liberals before letting his membership lapse.

READ ALSO:   Murray irrigators present research to urge halt to Basin Plan water recovery

He said he re-joined the party after being sacked from the CFA.

As a CFA volunteer, Mr Schurink also works for the Hatzolah Jewish ambulance service.

The 61-year-old identified rising crime rates in Monbulk as another pressing issue for voters.

Asked if he was approached to run, he said he put his hand up to be the candidate.

Pressed on his ideological position within the Liberal Party, he said he supported the party’s principles and described himself as “moderately conservative”.

On the issue of marriage equality, Mr Schurink said: “My background and upbringing would say that was not a valuable thing to do, but my life’s journey along paramedicine shows me that for those people they have a right to be married.”

READ ALSO:   The full list of 2017 Emmys nominees (and seven things you didn't know about them)

He said his experience as a paramedic taught him to treat people with respect and to listen to all members of the community.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the seat was winnable.

“He has a community, a career, a history working for Victorians,” Mr Guy said.

Fiona Richardson’s ministerial replacement named

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced Industrial Relations and Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins will take over the portfolios for Women and Prevention of Family Violence held by the late Fiona Richardson.

Rather than replacing Ms Richardson in cabinet, Mr Andrews has decided to hand Ms Hutchins the portfolios, while moving the local government portfolio to Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz.

READ ALSO:   India v Australia: Live scores and stats from the third ODI in Indore

“As Minister, Ms Hutchins has led the fight for equal pay for women, delivered family violence leave for the Victorian public service and overseen the highest number of female councillors in local government ever,” Mr Andrews said.

“There is no one better to follow Ms Richardson — Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, who helped fundamentally change Victoria for the better and save the lives of so many women and children.”

Topics: fires, disasters-and-accidents, state-parliament, parliament, government-and-politics, political-parties, liberals, melbourne-3000, vic, seville-3139, mooroolbark-3138, ferntree-gully-3156, tecoma-3160, sherbrooke-3789

You may be interested

Putin praises Trump, says collusion claims are ‘invented’
0 shares11 views

Putin praises Trump, says collusion claims are ‘invented’

Webby - Dec 14, 2017

Allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign were “invented” by Trump's opponents, Vladimir Putin said Thursday while praising the president's…

Disney to buy Fox in $52B historic Hollywood merger
0 shares11 views

Disney to buy Fox in $52B historic Hollywood merger

Webby - Dec 14, 2017

Disney is buying 21st Century Fox, in a $52 billion mega-merger that creates an entertainment power house. The Walt Disney Co. has set…

It’s decision day for the future of the internet
0 shares11 views

It’s decision day for the future of the internet

Webby - Dec 14, 2017

Your future internet experience now rests in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to vote on Thursday to end…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Most from this category