A firefighter made a complaint against Labor MP Margaret Quirk after she visited a fire station, which prompted emergency services minister Joe Francis to enforce a ban. Photo: PerthNow

A firefighter made a complaint against Labor MP Margaret Quirk after she visited a fire station, which prompted emergency services minister Joe Francis to enforce a ban. Photo: PerthNow

LABOR leader Mark McGowan says a ban preventing his emergency services spokeswoman from visiting fire stations is another personal attack on the feisty MP.

But Mr McGowan concedes he hasn’t read the complaint made by a firefighter against Margaret Quirk after she visited a fire station, which prompted emergency services minister Joe Francis to enforce the ban.


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The complaint reportedly alleged Ms Quirk had an agenda to seek out problems for political advantage and was miffed Mr Francis had sent a minder to watch her.

Mr McGowan said on Monday that Ms Quirk told him she was gravely offended by the minister’s staffer being there and had said a few words to them.

But after strongly defending his shadow minister, Mr McGowan admitted he hadn’t read the firefighter’s complaint and said he couldn’t get a copy of it because the minister was in cabinet. “Next time I see Joe I’ll talk to him about it,” Mr McGowan told reporters.

“Margaret is pretty forceful and she takes her job seriously. But that’s her way of doing her job.”

Mr Francis has written to Ms Quirk saying he will not consider any further requests for her to visit Department of Fire and Emergency Services facilities until further notice or until she apologises to all staff involved.

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AAP | PerthNow | March 16, 2015, 2:06 pm

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