Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament.
In light of the January 2014 heatwave that led to over 100 deaths across Victoria, Colleen Hartland has called for the government to take heatwaves more seriously. In parliamnet she motioned for a review of the government's heatwave planning, saying heatwaves deserve a whole of government emergency response, similar to that of bushfires.
ENERGY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (GENERAL) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am very saddened to hear that the members of the Labor and Liberal parties think that the kind of minor level tinkering contained in this bill is up to the job of addressing the crisis in energy affordability that has been ongoing for a number of years now.
Colleen Hartland questioned the Minister for Health in parliament regarding providing funding for frontline agencies to respond to heatwaves. The Minister responded by indicating funding would not be provided and saying that heatwaves should not be confused with the esoteric debate about climate change.
Greens say the Napthine Government is failing to take heatwaves as seriously as bushfires and is under-resourcing responses to protect Victorians.
"The deaths so far this summer are greater than the road toll, greater than bushfire, but there's no screaming sirens, just people dying quietly, often alone and isolated in their homes” said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson.
“Heatwaves should be on the same emergency planning level as bushfires and floods in Victoria’s emergency management planning. Despite having the highest death toll, they take second rung.”
"This has been a full blown natural disaster, with many avoidable deaths and the Napthine Government is doing little more than issuing heat alerts."
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Sunday, 17 November, along with tens of thousands of Australians in capital cities and many regional centres, I attended the National Day of Climate Action, calling on the Australian government to step up action to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. In September this year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth assessment report, which states:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last Wednesday I joined a packed room at the Frankston civic centre for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Frankston round table of the Western Port Biosphere region's webcast '24 hours of reality -- the cost of carbon'.
Yesterday the Climate Change Authority told the federal government that a 5% greenhouse gas reduction goal was "not a credible option'.
This group of environmental radicals, including Bernie Fraser and Heather Ridout, said that Australia's efforts were in the middle of the pack and other countries were gearing up for more aggressive action, even as Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt prepare to slam on the brakes. And to shut down that same Authority.
On the same day, Victoria's Auditor-General reported to this parliament that the state government has "no documented whole of government policy and plan for managing the risks of climate change." Thankfully his tenure is secure.
The Victorian Auditor-General has criticised the government's inability to plan for the impact of climate change and other critical statewide threats, in a report tabled in Victorian Parliament today.
"The government has no plan to shield Victoria from the economic risk of extreme weather events caused by climate change, let alone the risks to agriculture, health and the environment," said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber
"The Auditor-General reminds us there are assets worth more than $7 billion at risk of inundation from a one-in-100-year flood, with the CSIRO warning of climate disruption, but the government doesn't have a climate change plan.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has questioned the Planning Minister in Victorian parliament about the government's plan to help Port Fairy adapt to sea level rise.
"Moyne Shire has done the work and identified hundreds of properties at risk, so I asked the Minister what he was going to do about it and he just wouldn't take it seriously. He mocked Port Fairy, acted like all they face is a wet road and he indicated the government might roll right over any coastal strategy Moyne Shire might put in place to plan ahead," said Greg Barber MLC