PREMIER Daniel Andrews says leaked Country Fire Authority figures showing the union-friendly workplace deal he is backing could cost up to $663 million are “wrong”. But the state Opposition says the Victorian Auditor-General must examine costs associated with the controversial pay deal, which would hand sweeping powers to the United Firefighters Union.
Shadow attorney-general John Pesutto said it was “time for an intervention”.
“We need an independent officer like the Auditor-General to come in and find the truth about the real costs of Daniel Andrews’ cave-in to Peter Marshall and the UFU,” he said.
Mr Andrews dismissed concerns about a cost blowout, backing a Department of Treasury and Finance analysis that showed the cost of the deal would be within $160 million. “I think (they) are probably the most credible and are in the best place to be able to provide their estimate of what this agreement costs,” he said. “Other estimates that do not relate to the current agreement, they’re two or three or five drafts ago, with all sorts of assumptions that don’t stack up.”