Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That this house notes and endorses the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2013 Working Group 1 report that --
(1) it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century;
(2) continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system; and
(3) limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. If we think forward to the scenario of a world that is 4 degrees warmer than it is now, which is a quite likely outcome of the current do-nothing settings that Australia and a number of other major emitters have adopted, then we in Australia are in real trouble as a country that has always been on the edge climatically. Therefore it is hugely important that we as a community here in Australia understand the scenario we are facing.
TRANSPORT (COMPLIANCE AND MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT (ON-THE-SPOT PENALTY FARES) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Liberal Party had a lot to say about fare evasion when it was in opposition, but in government it has achieved very little.
That is because its members persist in using the same old failed model inherited from the Labor Party, involving for the most part bands of randomly roving ticket inspectors. From the government's own fare evasion plan, the so-called Network Revenue Protection Plan, you can easily derive the following numbers: authorised officers or ticket inspectors, who are employees of Metro Trains Melbourne, check about 2 per cent of all tickets -- that is, about 2 per cent of all rides. Of those they check, they issue fines to about 2 per cent of fare evaders, despite the government telling us from other survey methods that fare evasion is much higher, so your chances of being checked by a ticket inspector are extraordinarily low on any given day.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will be somewhat more expansive. I am looking forward to serving on this committee and bringing forth a report card on another aspect of Mr Davis's management of his portfolio -- that is, the very important question of energy use, broader resource use if you like, within the health sector. Of course we will conclude at the end of this inquiry, as we now already know, that the carbon tax itself has raised the cost base to the health sector by 0.1 per cent.
Of all the aspects of managing a modern health system, of all the drivers of cost, of all the challenges of performance, Mr Davis has permitted my committee to conduct an inquiry into one aspect, which is the carbon tax having a 0.1 per cent impact on the cost base.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Energy and Resources. In a similar vein to a previous adjournment matter, this is about the high-handed and monopolistic behaviour of some of our electricity companies in denying rural businesses and homes the ability to have solar panels connected.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I was pleased to see that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has now approved a wind farm in the Seymour area known as the Cherry Tree project, put together by Infigen Energy. Of course it was not without its difficulties, as every one of the radical anti-wind groups, backed by their mates in the Liberal and The Nationals parties, did everything they could to try to stop this project.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the State of the Environment Report is a poor report card on a government that has no plan to reverse the trends.
"Nearly every measure in this environment report card is down, except for greenhouse gases which are up," said Greg Barber MLC
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Clearly this is not the kind of motion the government would like to have presented to the Parliament, but unfortunately for the government on so many of the important, vote-changing issues listed in the motio
Debate resumed from 13 November; motion of Mr BARBER (NorthernMetropolitan):
That this house calls on the government to implement a permanent ban on the exploration or development of unconventional gas fossil fuels across Victoria.