BULLETIN

Bulletin No:  127                    Volume:  22                                        Friday 15 July 2016

To: ALL UFU MEMBERS

IS INTEGRITY ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AT MFB”?

“Ambo Chiefs Spent $150,000 on Travel”

Yesterday the MFB CO Rau sent out an email to all staff headed “Integrity absolutely essential at MFB” where he attempted to vilify and denigrate an individual employee and the UFU.

The UFU Bulletin yesterday set out the hypocrisy in Mr Rau’s statements given comments made about him in Parliament and recorded on Hansard resulting from the Falkville Inquiry,

The double-standards being applied in the MFB do not stop there.

Prior to his employment as MFB CEO, Jim Higgins’ use of public monies came under scrutiny after it was revealed that he had spent significant time and Queensland Ambulance Service funds “jet-setting” while he was Queensland Ambulance Commissioner.

Members are advised of the following article regarding MFB CEO Jim Higgins that appeared in The Sunday Mail in Queensland at the time he was Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner and prior to his employment in the MFB.

The full article “Ambo Chiefs Spent $150,000 on Travel” can be read via the link http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/ambo-chiefs-travel-bill/story-e6freoof-1111114954075:

The article starts off by stating the then Queensland Ambulance Commissioner Jim Higgins and his Deputy Neil Kirby had  enjoyed four years of jet-setting at tax-payers expense”.   

“Mr Higgins was the subject of scrutiny last week when the Emergency Services 2006-07 annual report revealed he had spent more than $40,000 on world trips in the past year.

Mr Higgins’ eight overseas jaunts from 2004-07 have cost taxpayers $83,064. His last trip, which included China, Britain and Sweden, cost $18,064”

And further:

“Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts raised concerns about his jet-setting bureaucrats as it emerged Mr Higgins spent two months travelling outside Queensland last year.”

Mr Rau’s claims that “Our job is absolutely about integrity” and “Integrity absolutely essential at MFB” sound increasingly hollow.

Further information on the double-standards will follow. 

 In the interim if you have any queries regarding the above please contact Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary