Fair go for Firefighters exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke

Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland has today called on the Premier to support The Greens Fair Protection for Firefighters Laws, or introduce their own as firefighters are exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke yet again.

"Firefighters go into fire zones while everyone else gets as far away as they can," said Colleen Hartland.

"We're very pleased to see all citizens safe today. However, the health of  firefighters battling today's fire  is far from safe."

"The Wells Road fire is a large and serious toxic fire. Though it's important to remember that every house and structure fire that firefighters face also contain toxic chemicals and smoke."

Government new housing plan provides little new funding

07/04/2014

Colleen Hartland reveals that of the $1.3 billion announced for social housing in the Napthine Government's new social housing framework, just $149 million is new spending. There is no investment in increasing the public housing stock.

Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question is for the Minister for Housing. The government has now released the long-awaited social housing framework. After extensive consultation and years in development, it fails to provide a vision for the growth of social housing into the future, and it fails to provide a solution for the 34 000 people on the waiting list.

Government continues to hide costings of Green's firefighter bill

03/04/2014

Colleen Hartland has again called for documents that show details of costings of the Greens proposed legislation that automatically provides WorkCover compensation to firefighters that contract cancer on the job. This information is crucial for testing whether cost claims are inflated by the government. The government again refused to provide the documents or the details required to interrogate their costings. What have they got to hide?

More delays from Government on firefighters bill

03/04/2014

Colleen Hartland motioned the Legislative Council to, based on committee inquiry recommendations, change practices with respect to bills with disputed flow-on costs. These changes would allow the Fair Protection of Firefighters bill to make some progress through parliament. The Government voted against this and instead have chosen to further delay progress by sending the proposed changes to a procedures committee for review.

Stop the Tip: the West is not Melbourne's dumping ground

02/04/2014

Speech: For the past 30 years I have been involved in campaigning to clean up the western suburbs in the face of hazardous, toxic and other waste. I was a founding member of the Hazardous Materials Action Group, which is more commonly known as HAZMAG. 

This week I put in my formal objection to the proposed expansion of Boral’s Western Landfill in Ravenhall. My personal objection was in addition to more than 4000 already received by the Melton City Council. 

It was just last week that I put in a formal objection to a proposed above-ground expansion of the Wests Road tip in Werribee. 

Fund river open space rejuvenation this budget

02/04/2014

My adjournment matter today is for the Minister for Planning. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world. More than 70 per cent of Victorians live in Melbourne. Open space is critically important to the livability of our suburbs and is highly valued by the community. Parks can improve physical and mental health, ecosystem services and urban biodiversity.

The Maribyrnong River provides an important green and open space for residents in the west. Surveys have found it is one of the most popular and most used parks in Moonee Valley. There are sections along the river that would benefit greatly from redevelopment, as they are in poor condition. Moonee Valley City Council has developed a Maribyrnong River master plan. This plan lays out an incredible vision for a healthy river that improves access through more open space and better facilities for outdoor activities.

Greens riase concerns about security measures for children in secure welfare services

02/04/2014

Colleen Hartland's speech in parliament regarding security proceedures in secure welfare servcies. The Greens are deeply concerned about the lack of safeguards in use of strip searches and isolation. The Greens referred the bill for inquiry.

There is clearly a need to legally clarify security procedures at secure welfare facilities and to specifically prohibit certain actions in all of out-of-home care services. We need a legal basis on which practices and standards are kept and abuse can be identified. The past legislative omission was identified by the Victorian Ombudsman, after concerns were raised by a whistleblower about the treatment of children in secure welfare services.

Residents stand up for community; no tip expansion

01/04/2014

For 30 years now I have been campaigning to clean up the Western Suburbs in the face of hazardous, toxic and other waste.

I was a founding member of the Hazardous Materials Action Group or HAZMAG.

This week I put in my formal objection to the proposed expansion of Boral’s Western Landfill in Ravenhall.

My personal objection was in addition to more than 4,000 already received by Melton Council.

And it was just last week that I put in a formal objection to a proposed above ground expansion of the Wests Road tip in Werribee. 

Greens call for committee inquiry into law permitting strip searching most vulnerable children

The Greens will call for an commitee inquiry into legislation that allows strip searches and isolation* of children in secure welfare protection, when the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Security Measures) Bill 2013 is debated in Victorian Parliament today.

"Secure welfare services are the most extreme form of child protection. The best practices in child welfare should be implemented, not invasive strip searches," said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens spokesperson for children and young people.

Victoria spends least on public and community housing

28/03/2014

Colleen Hartland calls on the government to restore and increase funding to public and community housing after exposing recent cuts and that Victoira now spends the least per capita on social housing of any state or territory.

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing. After examining the recently released Report on Government Services 2014, it is evident that under the Victorian coalition government social housing and the 34 000 people on public housing waiting lists have been left to languish.

Under the coalition government total real expenditure on social housing has dropped from $1.55 billion in 2010–11 to $673 million in 2012–13.