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."
Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has announced that The Greens will seek to end Victorian Government toxic tobacco investments.
Yesterday the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation announced that they will no longer invest in tobacco companies. The Future Fund’s did the same in February this year.
“I am putting the Victorian Funds Management Corporation on notice. If they don’t voluntarily divest from tobacco I will introduce a bill early next year to force them to do it,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The bill will amend the Victorian Funds Management Corporation Act to prohibit the Victorian Government from investing in Tobacco companies."
SPEECH: Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) —
My adjournment matter today is for the Minister for Mental Health, the Honourable Mary Wooldridge. Exposure to hepatitis C and hepatitis B in Australian prisons usually comes through sharing drug injecting equipment. These diseases affect the liver and can lead to liver disease, liver cancer and ultimately death.
In 2011 the Victorian Ombudsman’s investigation into prisoner access to health care made some very concerning findings regarding access to health. Amongst other things it revealed that 41 per cent of Victorian prisoners have hepatitis C, compared to 1 per cent of the general population. This appalling figure demonstrates a neglect of prisoner health on the part of the government. In the past two years nothing has changed.
SPEECH: Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) —
This morning I took part in the blockade of Somerville Road, Yarraville, outside the Kingsville Primary School, organised by the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group.
The blockade was in support of a request the Maribyrnong City Council made to government that it place a curfew on Somerville Road at the start and end of each school day.
The Maribyrnong Truck Action Group and local residents organised the blockade because they feel the government is simply not listening to them and will not acknowledge that there is a problem.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament regarding the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2013. This bill seems familiar to me, and indeed it is. Many of the elements of this bill are very similar to my recent Tobacco Amendment (Smoking in Outdoor Areas) Bill 2012, which the government voted against. There is one gaping difference between the two bills: the government has once again failed to include a ban on smoking in alfresco drinking and dining areas. This year the Victorian government won the Dirty Ashtray Award primarily for its failure to ban smoking in outdoor areas and also for failing to introduce new reforms. While the reforms introduced by this bill address the latter concern, the most glaring example of inaction remains.
Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has called for a free tanning bed disposal program to be provided to solarium owners in response to yesterdays vote to ban solariums from 1 January 2015.
A tanning bed disposal scheme would encourage disposal rather than on-selling and overcome current barriers for solarium owners: lack of knowledge as to where they can be disposed of; disposal costs; lack of means to transport sunbeds to disposal facilities; and transport costs.
The disposal scheme would provide free, easy and convenient pick up and disposal service to solarium owners at a time and place of their choosing.
Colleen Hartland's Speech in Parliament on proposed legislation to ban solariums
The Radiation Amendment Bill 2013 achieves two main objectives, both of which the Greens support. I am very grateful to Mr Jennings for having explained clause 5 because now I will not have to do that. One of the questions that I needed to ask during the briefing was about clause 5.
What: A Community Meeting for inner West residents. We'll hear about what the recent Senate Inquiry and doctors say about diesel pollution impacts on health and what we can do to clean up our air.
When: 6:30pm Wednesday 23rd October.
Where: Acqua E Vino bar and restaurant, upstairs at 18a Ballarat Street, Yarraville.
Kitchen and bar will be open.
1. Dr Merryn Redenbach (Paediatrics), Doctors for the Environment
2. Senator Dr Richard Di Natale
3. Samantha McArthur, President Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG)
MC Greens MP Colleen Hartland
Third and final part of the debate on the motion for the Government to introduce the firefighters cancer compensation bill into the lower house. The Greens and the ALP voted for the Government to act on this issues, the Liberal Government voted against it.
Debate resumed from 4 September; motion of Ms HARTLAND (WesternMetropolitan):
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—This has been quite a difficult process. I am quite disappointed that it would appear the government has chosen not to support this motion and has failed to commit to introduce legislation to give firefighters adequate access to WorkCover if they contract cancer.