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Who wants what in Victoria's CFA dispute

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016

VICTORIA'S DIVISIVE CFA DISPUTE

WHAT THE UNION WANTS

* To hold the CFA and MFB accountable. They say governments have not followed through for 25 years on making the MFB and CFA more compatible, including areas such as different training and equipment.

WHAT THE CFA AND MFB WANT

* Control of their own destiny. They say their proposed EBAs hand vetoes over management decision to the United Firefighters Union, which will see them in court when they should be fighting fires.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS WANT

* Assurance they won't be sidelined. The 60,000 volunteer CFA firefighters fear the EBA hands control of decision making to the union and are concerned the CFA's 800 paid career firefighters want to take over and professionalise the body.

WHAT CANBERRA WANTS

* They already got re-elected. Taking up the CFA cause helped the coalition pick up a seat in Bill Shorten's home state, against the national trend.

WHAT VICTORIA WANTS

* No one really knows. Premier Daniel Andrews has said: "I am not going to go through another fire season with this dispute unresolved."

LABOR MPs HAVE THEIR OWN THEORIES

* Mr Andrews wanted to end the dispute because he saw how a protracted fight with paramedics hurt former premier Denis Napthine.

* Some MPs believe the union has a "secret tape" of Mr Andrews promising to give them whatever they wanted in exchange for support at the election, a claim that has even been raised in question time.

* The premier saw a chance to politically damage a rival in Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett - who was forced to quit.

* Bill Shorten asked Mr Andrews to end the dispute before the federal election so he wouldn't face a campaign by firefighters, but it backfired badly.

* Mr Andrews wanted to get the EBA sorted before the fire season, which starts in a few weeks, but he misjudged how toxic the relationship had become.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

* The CFA deal is the subject of a Supreme Court challenge, before it goes to the Fair Work Commission.

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