Australian Greens leader Christine Milne joined Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber on the campaign trail today, announcing an initiative to help Victoria achieve its 5% solar energy target.
The Victorian Solar Bank would work much like the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation, providing funds to invest in solar and clean technology around the state.
Speech to the Eastern Transport Coalition, 9 April 2014
Fifty years ago, Melbourne was a world class public transport city. For as long as I can remember, there has always been a movement to take it back in that direction.
Hon. D. M. DAVIS (Minister for Health) -- I move:
That this house --
(1) notes the resolution of this house of 29 October 2013 calling on the federal opposition, other non-government parties and Independents in the federal Parliament to support the early abolition of the carbon tax, noting the federal coalition government's mandate to repeal the carbon tax;
(2) further notes the federal Labor opposition and federal Greens party continue to frustrate the federal coalition government's clear mandate to repeal the carbon tax;
(3) expresses its concern at the ongoing adverse impact of the carbon tax on Victorian families, individuals, senior citizens and businesses, particularly the additional costs added to --
(a) manufacturing and manufactured exports; and
(b) public and private health services; and -- --
(4) confirms its support for the immediate repeal of the carbon tax legislation and calls on all Victorian political parties to recognise the clear view of the Australian people expressed at the last federal election and advocate for the immediate repeal of the carbon tax.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- It was my intention to dismiss this motion with just a few words, noting that the substance of the motion is to encourage a purely symbolic re-run of a vote that has already occurred in the right jurisdiction, the federal Senate, where the issue for the time being has of course been determined.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Transport (Safety Schemes Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2014. It is a large bill covering a whole number of aspects of safety schemes, and as a general principle we support the national consistency of those schemes.
Public transport as a transport mode is a very safe way to travel compared to the use of the motor vehicle. In fact when you compare the number of serious accidents that occur on public transport relative to the number of people who use it and the number of kilometres they travel, it is generally agreed that travelling by public transport is about six times safer than travelling for the same amount of time or distance by motor vehicle. While there are frequent and very unfortunate accidents in and around the public transport system, overall we must bear in mind that a city based on public transport for a larger proportion of its travel is inevitably going to be a safer city than one where we all rely on personal motor vehicles.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- In brief summary, the purpose of this legislation is to give effect to some of Victoria's commitments regarding water trading under the Murray Darling Basin plan. Like The Nationals, the Greens have some reservations about water trading and a market mechanism to achieve either the environmental or economic outcomes. It depends very much on whether you are in opposition or government at the time.
The bill also provides for the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) using water trading to achieve its aims. I hope this bill is not affecting its statutory duties and objectives.