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Come clean: Ryan

By Benalla Ensign

The Nationals have come out swinging following revelations about a secret deal between the Andrews Labor Government and the CFA being alluded to in an interview given by union boss Peter Marshall.

The party feels CFA volunteers from Benalla and across Victoria deserve to know the details of the alleged deal Daniel Andrews did with the United Firefighters Union chief before the last election.

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs Jaclyn Symes, Danielle Green and Mary Anne Thomas must come clean on the deal.

‘‘We deserve to know why these Labor MPs have sold out our CFA volunteers,’’ Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan’s call follows an interview with Mr Marshall on ABC Radio last week in which he stated:

‘‘The Andrews Government has made many promises to professional firefighters...’’ and ‘‘As a matter of time the truth will come out about Daniel Andrews and James Merlino’s role in this.’’

‘‘Peter Marshall has previously boasted that UFU members supported Labor’s campaign including 23 days of firefighters doorknocking, distributing 125000 pamphlets at train stations and 700 firefighters standing on booths in nine marginal electorates for Daniel Andrews,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘It’s clear from the actions of Labor MPs that one of the things they guaranteed Peter Marshall in return for his support at the last election was a takeover of the CFA.’’