Victorian government has two anti-democracy laws in state parliament

Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.

"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.

"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.

Q: 9519 Agriculture and food security: restricted dog breeds


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security): With regard to the Minister’s response to question on notice 9339:

Massacre of hundreds of protected species shows duck season must end

Revelations in today’s Age regarding the massacre of hundreds of ducks and protected species, left to die in the water in what was clearly an organised shooting spree, is emblematic of why duck shooting should be banned once and for all, Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.

“What is worse is that this terrible incident, which must be shocking to the majority of Victorians who don’t support duck shooting, could have been prevented if warnings had been heeded,” Ms Pennicuik said.

Greens say Dump the Victorian Jumps Racing Carnivals

Once again the jumps racing 'season' is upon us and once more horses and jockeys are being put at risk of death or injury in Victoria's jumps racing 'carnivals', Greens MP Sue Pennicuik said today.

"This cruel and unnecessary activity is a blight on Victoria," Ms Pennicuik said. "The RSPCA opposes jumps racing as do the majority of Victorians.

Greens move to disallow new Wildlife Regulations for duck shooting season

Who: Victorian Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MP
When: Wed 6 March 2013 (Approx 4.00 pm)
Where: Legislative Council, Parliament House
Tune in to the live broadcast at approx 4pm today and select Council 

What: Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik will move to disallow new Wildlife Regulations 2012 and take note of a petition bearing 706 signatures tabled in parliament last year to permanently ban the recreational shooting of Australian native waterbirds in Victoria.
The new Wildlife Regulations will increase exclusion zones in state game reserves for duck rescuers and other non-licensed shooters from 5 to 25 metres from the shoreline and from sunset to 10 am the following day for the entire duck shooting season.

Q: 9013 Racing: Greyhound Racing Victoria — animal welfare


9013.       MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Racing):

(1)    How many greyhounds are currently registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) for racing in Victoria.

Primary Industries and Food Legislation Amendment Bill 2012


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Primary Industries and Food Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 is an omnibus bill which makes amendments to various acts, including the Impounding of Livestock Act 1994, the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, the Local Government Act 1989 and the Food Act 1984. In large part the amendments made to those various acts by this bill are sensible and the Greens support them, particularly regarding the impounding of livestock that are providing a risk to public safety. It extends the powers available to officers to enter land and deal with those livestock that are not properly contained. Under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 the bill provides for additional offences relating to cattle, pigs and bees, and it also makes a change to compensable diseases under that act, removing tuberculosis and bovine tuberculosis as a compensable disease for farmers.

Greens call for ban of live exports

The Greens are continuing the call for a ban on live exports.

“The Greens and many others in the community have opposed the live export trade for years," Sue Pennicuik, Victorian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare said in support of the BAN LIVE EXPORT rally being held in Melbourne and other states across Australia, this Saturday 6 October.

“My federal colleague, Australian Greens’ animal welfare spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon, has re-introduced a Greens’ private members bill to ban live exports and bring an end to the cruel suffering of exported animals. 

"We want it stopped completely, as it is not possible to prevent animals from suffering should it continue,” Ms Pennicuik said.

Authority to control wildlife permits issued in East Gippsland 2011

On 21 March 2012 Greg Barber applied to the Department of Sustainability and Environment under Freedom of Information for all of the permits issued for the control of the Australian Fur Seals, Emus, Swamp Wallabies and Red-necked Wallabies in East Gippsland during 2011.  On 21 June 2012 Greg received a stack of documents, all printed from the Wildlife And Game Licensing System (WAGLS) database.  Not all of these are for the destruction of animals – the single permit issued for the “control” of fur seals allows only the use of a commonly used minor explosive which makes lots of noise and is non-lethal.  

Unfortunately, the vast majority of permits are to destroy our native fauna. 

Greens MP protesting at duck shooting season opening

Who: Sue Pennicuik MLC, Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson

When: Saturday 17 March, sunrise

Where: Lake Buloke Wildlife Reserve, near Donald, Victoria

Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC will protest at the opening of duck shooting season, joining duck rescue teams and protesters.