The Greens announced their plan to introduce legislation for redress for child sex abuse victims ahead of tonight's forum on inaction on the Betrayal of Trust report*.
“If the Greens do not see action on redress for victims by the next government by June 2015, we will introduce legislation ourselves,” said Greens spokesperson on community services Colleen Hartland.
The Napthine Government has indicated that it may wait for the outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which could be years away, before acting on redress recommendations made in the Betrayal of Trust report.
“The Greens will not sit idle while a government of any persuasion delays action on institutional child sex abuse victims,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson for children, Colleen Hartland.
The Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has accused the government of playing politics with people's health by delaying smokefree health reforms by two years.
"We know banning smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas works to reduce smoking and Victoria is the only state that has not already made it law," said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The government’s refusal to support the Greens smokefree bill*, and now announcing their own plan, is playing politics with people's health. This political game playing has delayed this important health reform by two years."
The Greens have issued a warning to the government that the people of the Western Suburb will fight for Trains not Tollways in response to today's announcement that tenders have been called for the Westlink tollroad.
"The people of the Western Suburbs don’t want this dirty polluting tollway through their neighbourhoods. We’ve fought this off this proposal before and we’ll do it again” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads. Today’s announcement shows how the State government is out of touch with the community. Instead they see only profits for the road lobby."
"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members from across the Western Suburbs joined my community campaign."
“With today’s busy lifestyles we are eating more fast-food every week, but we have no idea of the energy content of the food and what it might do to our waste line or to our risk of contracting diabetes,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson, Colleen Hartland.
Documents obtained by the Greens using Freedom of Information laws show which of our train lines are getting more overcrowded.
Melbourne’s trains are overcrowded and don’t run often enough. We can run more trains more often on our existing train system. The antiquated train signalling system is a key factor holding us back.
The Government, and the previous Labor Government, have dithered while the problem has been getting worse. Meanwhile, the Greens have a plan to inrease the the number of trains by up to 50%.
The Greens have today introduced legislation to the Victorian Parliament for one dollar bet limits on the State’s poker machines.
“The Greens are determined to do something meaningful to help problem gamblers and their families,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling, Colleen Hartland.
“A one dollar limit on bets is the cheapest, most effective and most straight forward option for limiting the losses of problem gamblers.”