Police Regulation Amendment Bill 2012


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I think that is 100 degrees on the old scale, Acting President.
The Greens will support the Police Regulation Amendment Bill 2012. According to the explanatory memorandum, the bill streamlines the transfer and promotion appeal processes under the act; it modifies the rights of police members to appeal transfers and promotions; it provides for a police member to be deemed to have abandoned employment after a period of unauthorised absence; it allows the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police to offer fixed term or part-time appointments for fixed term roles or project work and to provide assistance in emergency management situations; and it establishes the Police Registration and Services Board with a police profession register, a review division and a professional standards division.

Protected Disclosure Bill 2012


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment Bill 2012


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

Reference: Access to Justice


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Mr Ondarchie on his elevation to the post of Acting President.

Statement on Report- Office of Police Integrity: Policing people who are mentally ill


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This report sets out the findings of a review by the OPI (Office of Police Integrity) into how Victoria Police responds to people who appear to have a mental illness. In 2009 the Auditor-General completed a review into inter-agency coordination, preparedness and effectiveness in responding to mental health crises.This report follows on from the Auditor-General's report and assesses whether more could be done to enhance Victoria Police's responses to people who appear to have a mental illness. The report highlights that police regularly encounter in their day-to-day work people who have or appear to have a mental illness, accounting for almost half the incidents that the critical incident response team is called out to.

Apology for Past Forced Adoptions


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am very happy to support the motion to take note of the parliamentary apology for past adoption practices made on 25 October. I thank the office of the Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge, for keeping us in the loop during preparations and even taking on board some of our suggestions.

Adjournment: Police stop and search receipts


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Under section 456AA of the Crimes Act 1958 Victoria Police officers have the power to stop a member of the public and require him or her to give their name and address if the police officer believes on reasonable grounds that the person has committed or is about to commit an offence or may be able to assist in the investigation of an indictable offence. However, under section 10 of the Control of Weapons Act 1990, sections 60E and 82 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981, section 13 of the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007, and section 21P of the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003, the police have wider powers to search a person without a warrant.

Justice Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2012


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Justice Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2012 is a reasonably small omnibus bill which makes mainly technical amendments to five acts.

Greens concerned at resignation of yet another top OPI officer

Greens MP and Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik has expressed concern at the resignation of the Director of Operations of the Office of Police Integrity (OPI), John Nolan yesterday.

"The resignation of Mr Nolan is a concern,” Ms Pennicuik said. “He was a founding member of the OPI and a key figure in the OPI’s investigation into police brutality inside the armed offenders squad. He was also expected to take up a senior position at the yet-to-be-functional IBAC.”



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will not oppose the motion moved by Mr Davis for the reference to the Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues. However, we will be supporting the amendment moved by Mr Viney that the reference be sent to the Legal and Social Issues References Committee and not the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee.