Push to change CFA funding
ABC News, 22 May 2009
The Victorian National Party wants changes to how the Country Fire Authority (CFA) is funded, saying the current arrangement is "inequitable".
The CFA receives a large part of its income from a tax on property owners' insurance premiums.
But that means people whose homes and businesses are not insured pay less for the service.
Victorian Nationals leader, Peter Ryan says he has written to the Henry Review of Australia's tax system, asking it to examine possible alternatives.
"You have 100% of the population being able to access fire services and having an expectation that they can, but only about 70% of the people are paying the fire insurance levy. It is just inequitable and unfair," Mr Ryan said.
The federal tax review is looking at the current tax system and will make recommendations to ensure it is as fair and efficient as possible.