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Bill Moved for More CFS Power


Last year in December a bill was proposed that suggested to extend the power of the CFS that would allow them to direct people to refrain from proceeding with activities that could be deemed as dangerous and start a fire. 

Chairman of the Committee, Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, moved the bill in parliament last week.

While the report recommends that the power should be introduced, it also states that SA police as the chief authority for law enforcement, have power to issue the directions made by the CFS.

The committee received 39 submissions in support of the bill and have held four public hearings in Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Balaklava and Keith.

Mr. Treloar says while the bill is still in the works the committee were pleased with how seriously the report was taken with submissions from GPSA, CFS, SAPOL and the Bureau of Meteorology.

“Most of us do the right thing, most of the time- that was a given, but every so often somebody doesn’t and so Minister Corey Wingard felt that in the interest of communities safety, and that’s what it’s all about, he would introduce this bill.”


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