Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament regarding the government legilsation on voluntary pre-committment on pokie machines.
The Greens will oppose the bill because it is completely useless. There is no basis, there is no evidence, that a non-binding, partial precommitment system on pokies will be effective in reducing losses amongst problem gamblers. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) report titled Counting the Cost—Inquiry into the Costs of Problem Gambling released in October 2012 found that gambling addiction costs our state between $1.5 billion and $2.8 billion each year.
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.
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."
The Greens ‘Maternity Matters’ survey results released today reveal that maternity services do not meet the needs of many Victorian Women.
The survey was open for a period of three weeks, had 8,329 views, 1,100 Facebook shares and a total of 895 Victorian participants.
“The survey results demonstrate that many women are deeply unsatisfied with maternity services as they are unable to access their preferred models of care” said the Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
“Maternity services in Victoria are not currently meeting the needs of many women”
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.