Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament: My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. My adjournment matter relates to the fire services property levy. Before reform in 2012 the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) received 75 per cent and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) received 77.5 per cent of annual estimated expenditure directly from insurance companies. State and local governments contributed the remaining amount. Insurance companies then recuperated these funds via the fire services levy on insured properties.
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."
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament.
I have decided that the best way for me to start my contribution tonight is to read in full a press statement from the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc. (VALID), dated 25 November. I attended this meeting of family members, carers and people from the sector, which was called by VALID on 11 November.
The press release is headed ‘Cash Grab an Insult’. It begins:
"A meeting of family members representing people residing in DHS-funded group homes has condemned the Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge,MP, for:
Colleen Hartland Speech in parliament - while supporting new emergency management governance arrangements, Colleen Hartland has called for the inspector-general for emergency management to be independent, so there is proper accountability in preparation, response and recovery from disasters and there is transparency about successes and shortfalls of governance arrangements. The Government voted against this reform.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—I rise today to make a contribution to the debate on the Emergency Management Bill 2013. I would also like to start by recognising the amazing work of our firefighters, both career and volunteer, and the state emergency services and police for their dedication and the hard work they put in on the ground every day to protect those who find themselves in the midst of a disaster or an emergency. To say they do a fantastic job feels like an understatement, because I do not know whether I could manage to do the kind of work they do.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) — I move:
That this house requires the Leader of the Government to table in the Legislative Council by Tuesday, 17 September, a copy of documents detailing the Country Fire Authority and the Victorian WorkCover Authority actuarial assessment and cost estimates to provide compensation for Victoria’s firefighters injured or deceased as a result of exposure to carcinogens on the job.
I will speak only very briefly on this motion. As we are all well aware, our firefighters put themselves on the line to protect the community. In doing their job they are exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke. As a result, firefighters are 5 to 10 times more at risk of developing certain cancers and more than 2 to 3 times more likely to get lung cancer than a smoker.
The Greens motion to expand the public hospital homebirth service, including a commitment to fund start-up costs in the next State budget, passed through state parliament today.
"This is great news for mothers-to-be across Victoria. The Greens will hold this government to account on their commitment today to ensure that many families will be able to access homebirth services through their local public hospital," said Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"Despite overwhelming evidence to support and expand the homebirth program, the government has been delaying for 18 months on this important women's health issue."
"The Health Minister was advised of the success of the trial homebirth programs at Sunshine and Casey hospitals in June 2012."
"Today's motion means that we're going to see some real progress and soon women will be accessing this expanded maternity service."
Colleen Hartland motioned the Government to fund the start up costs of homebirth programs in next year's budget and provide state-wide guidelines to hospitals to implement the program. Based on the overwhelming evidence for the programs, the Government was forced to support the motion
Hansard transcript: Colleen Hartland — I move: That this house calls on the Minister for Health, Mr David Davis, MLC, to, as soon as feasible, take the necessary steps to expand public hospital homebirth services including—
(1) committing to fund start-up costs of homebirth programs to hospitals providing maternity services in the next state budget;
(2) developing statewide guidelines and information for health services implementing homebirth services;
(3) developing systems to prospectively collect costing data; and
(4) supporting further research into the safety of homebirth programs and research to compare clinical outcome data associated with low-risk births in different birth settings.
Today,Greens MP Colleen Hartland stood up in question time and called on Matthew Guy, the Minister for Planning, to meet with Moonee Valley City Council. The Minister has agreed to meet with Council.
Council has requested an urgent meeting with state Planning Minister Matthew Guy to discuss potential social, economic and environmental implications of the $8 billion project. Councillor Jim Cusack said the city would be faced with more cars, pollution and flyovers in its neighbourhoods.
Colleen Hartland questions the Minister for Health about when collaborative arrangements for private midwives to work in public hospitals will be released
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question today is for the Minister for Health. In 2011 the Department of Health asked the Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Mercy Hospital for Women to develop a framework for collaborative arrangements between Victorian public hospitals and eligible midwives. These arrangements would allow for the provision of private midwifery services in public hospitals so that labouring women can receive care from their chosen midwife private practitioner if or when they are admitted to hospital. The draft framework was provided to the department in 2012, and after review the final draft was provided to the minister in February this year. My question for the minister is: when will the framework be made public, and when will private midwives have appropriate formal arrangements with hospitals to improve the continuity of care that is provided to labouring women?