“The High Court decision to disallow the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, has put the focus squarely on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality as the majority of Australians want to see," Victorian Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.
The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament and that "Marriage" in s 51(xxi) includes a marriage between persons of the same sex.
“Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced a federal marriage equality bill today,” Ms Pennicuik said.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament. Along with Mr Pallas, the member for Tarneit in the other house, last week I attend a meeting at Werribee Secondary College to discuss the poor physical condition of the buildings and grounds. I understand from the school that the Minister for Education, Mr Dixon, Mr Elsbury and Mr Finn were invited; unfortunately none of them were able to attend.
I knew there were many problems with the school, but I was shocked at how bad the situation is. The school council outlined the situation for us. There is a substantial drain upon school maintenance funds, as the school has to divert funds from the current educational program, and there are potential safety, occupational health and safety and fire hazards. The urgent need for building works poses a significant risk to student and teacher safety as well as to the general community.
Victorian Greens Disability Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has called the Disability Amendment Bill, which passed through parliament last night, a cash-grab gone bad as it will take from the pockets of many residents in disability support housing.
“Residents of disability support housing are going to get caught in the crossfire as the state government attempts a cash grab from the Commonwealth as it will actually take from the pockets of many residents instead" said Ms Hartland.
"There could be hundreds, or even more, people in disability support housing who will now be out of pocket $82 dollars per fortnight as a consequence of this Bill."
“The state government’s latest proposal to house low security prisoners in shipping containers is a costly and unnecessary measure,” Green spokesperson on Corrections, Sue Pennicuik said today.
“Prison overcrowding is a problem of the government's own making,” Ms Pennicuik said. "Its flawed and populist changes to sentencing laws, which are not evidence-based, is leading to low risk, non-violent offenders being imprisoned where in the past they would not have been.”