Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) —
My question today is for Mr David Davis as the Leader of the Government.
I have a copy of a police report dated 5 February in regard to the number of suicides that have occurred as a result of criminal and sexual abuse. I found this report extremely difficult to read. The question I have of the government is that this report recommends referral to a coronial inquiry.
Will the government support that referral?
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The imminent roll-out of tasers to all police in Victoria should be stopped after the death of a man in Sydney on the weekend, Greens Spokesperson on Police and Corrections, Sue Pennicuik MLC said today.
"It is reported that NSW police used capsicum spray on him, closely followed by a taser," Ms Pennicuik said. "It is also reported that the incident involved a minor theft, which the person may not have been involved in, and the person was not armed, although he may have resisted arrest."
"This tragedy yet again highlights the danger of tasers being inappropriately deployed," Ms Pennicuik said.
The Greens last night rejected laws in Parliament to make it easier to get and keep a handgun licence in Victoria – laws which every other MP supported.
"Victoria has lowered the bar on gun control after so many years of national co-operation to reduce the significant risks posed by firearms in the community," said Greens Justice and Police spokesperson Sue Pennicuik.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Firearms (Trafficking and Handgun Control) Act 2003 amended the Firearms Act 1996 to implement the Australasian Police Ministers Council's National Firearms Agreement after the Port Arthur incident in 1996 and the National Handgun Control Agreement after the Monash University shooting in 2002. It also implemented a national agreement on firearms trafficking. In the aftermath of the Port Arthur incident in 1996, the Australasian Police Ministers Council entered into the National Firearms Agreement. Under that agreement, broadly uniform regimes for the regulation and licensing of firearms were put in place in all states and territories. The Australian government subsequently entered into two further agreements to enhance community safety while preserving the privileges of responsible firearms owners.
Greens Justice and Human Rights spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC called yesterday’s government announcement on the Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights “encouraging”.
“The government has stated in its response to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations (SARC) review* that it is strongly committed to the principles of human rights which provide tangible benefits to the Victorian community," Ms Pennicuik said.
"It is also encouraging that the government has stated that the review provides an opportunity to make the Charter clearer, simpler and more accessible, while also improving protection for human rights."
With armed protective services officers (PSOs) due to start work at Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations on Wednesday night, Victorian Greens Justice and Police spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said the government is embarking on a costly, unnecessary and risky plan.
“I am very concerned that 18 newly graduated PSOs are heading out tomorrow night with semi-automatic weapons on our most crowded stations,” Ms Pennicuik said.
“PSOs are not police officers. They get a third of the training, less pay and, we have heard, just 3 months supervision under a transit police officer,” Ms Pennicuik said. “Yet they’re expected to go out on day one and deal with anything and everything that happens on the rail network.”
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to make some remarks about the Public Prosecutions Amendment Bill 2011, which the Greens will not be opposing either.
This bill amends the Public Prosecutions Act 1994 to change some of the functions and processes of the Office of Public Prosecutions, but these are relatively minor changes. Effectively the Director of Public Prosecutions will be given greater directional powers under this bill, but the functional separation of the administration of prosecution services will endure, and the roles of the solicitor for public prosecutions and the Crown prosecutor will stay the same.
Victorian Greens Justice and Corrections spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC today said that today’s Productivity Commission report shows that Victoria has the highest proportion of private prisons in Australia.
“The Greens believe private prisons are the wrong way to go, but where they already exist, private prisons must be properly monitored to ensure standards are maintained," Ms Pennicuik said.