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.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will not be supporting the Civil Procedure Amendment Bill 2012 either, just as we did not, a bit over 18 months ago, support the Civil Procedure and Legal Profession Amendment Bill 2011. That bill did away with the prelitigation requirements that the former government, under the former Attorney-General, had established for civil disputes that may lead to legal proceedings in the Supreme, Magistrates or County courts. The aim of that bill was to encourage people to resolve their cases without proceeding to court. That of course was a result of recommendations by the Victorian Law Reform Commission on civil litigation.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012, which will allow offenders who are serving community-based orders to formally transfer their orders from another participating jurisdiction to Victoria or from Victoria to another participating jurisdiction. A participating jurisdiction is one that has enacted legislation in terms similar to this bill. So far New South Wales, the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Western Australia and Tasmania have enacted similar legislation and are therefore participating jurisdictions.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Evidence Amendment (Journalist Privilege) Bill 2012 is relatively simple in that it extends journalist privilege when a journalist appears in court in Victoria. The bill is structured in a way that presumes a journalist has privilege to protect his or her sources unless the court can establish -- which is called the rebuttal precept or rebuttal approach -- that it would not be in the public interest not to reveal the source. It takes into account a number of criteria including the safety and wellbeing of the source of the information.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill we have before us, the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill 2012, makes a range of amendments to five acts -- the Criminal Procedure Act 2009, the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the Sentencing Act 1991, the Magistrates Court Act 1991 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. It is quite a technical bill, and in a nutshell the rationale for the bill that has been put forward by the Attorney-General is to address delays in the court system. We agree that work needs to be done to address delays in the court system.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That the bill be now read a second time.
I am very proud to present the Marriage Equality Bill 2012. I first gave notice of my intention to introduce this bill on 29 March this year.
As members are aware, since 1961 marriage has been regulated by the commonwealth Marriage Act 1961. However, the power to legislate for marriage is shared concurrently by the commonwealth and state governments, in the sense that state parliaments may make laws on any subjects, but by virtue of section 109 of the constitution, a commonwealth law will override any inconsistent state laws.
Who: Sue Pennicuik MLC, Greens spokesperson on Marriage Equality
What: Introduction of Marriage Equality Bill into the Victorian state parliament
Where: Parliament House, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 6 June - approximately 3pm
Victorian Greens MLC, Sue Pennicuik, will introduce a bill to provide for same-sex marriage in the Victorian parliament.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support both the Statute Law Repeals Bill 2012 and the Statute Law Revision Bill 2012. It is always good to see errant commas and inappropriate semicolons removed from legislation. I have to say that I am very much in favour of good grammar in legislation.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Courts and Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 is what is commonly called an omnibus bill. It amends 14 acts of the Parliament. A large number of those amendments are technical and correctional-type amendments to mistakes that are in the acts. As Ms Mikakos has pointed out, some of the acts have only recently been proclaimed. That is not an uncommon occurrence. When the community corrections order bill came to us I predicted it would be brought back to us for some corrections -- and here it is. But that was not an uncommon occurrence in the previous Parliament; the same thing happened -- acts were amended by amending legislation. It is a pretty common occurrence. The Greens are supporting this bill but want to make some comments about it.