Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I join my colleagues, Colleen Hartland and Greg Barber, in congratulating Adam Bandt on being re-elected as the federal member for Melbourne despite forecasts from pundits who did not seem to notice what a fantastic member for Melbourne he is. Congratulations also to Janet Rice on her election as the Greens' second senator for Victoria. Janet is a founding member of the Victorian Greens and a long-time climate, forest and public transport campaigner. I am also very happy to see that Greens senators Sarah Hanson-Young in South Australia, Scott Ludlam in Western Australia and Peter Whish-Wilson in Tasmania are likely to be returned to the Senate. They have been great advocates for the Greens and for standing up for what matters.
I would like to thank all our dedicated candidates who stood up for what matters in 37 electoral divisions in Victoria and around the country.
The Parliamentary Adviser will support the work of the Victorian Greens Parliamentary Leader and Greens MLCs in Parliament and support their media and community engagement efforts.
Electorate Officer - Colleen Hartland MP
Colleen Hartland, Greens MP for the Western Metropolitan Region seeks a highly motivated and skilled person to join her small but dynamic electorate office team.
More than one million Victorians cycle every week. Together we're going to stand up for cycling and ensure it receives the government investment it deserves.
A Metre Matters cycling safety laws
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber will introduce a new law to make cycling safer as part of a coordinated Greens national response to the Amy Gillett Foundation 'A Metre Matters' campaign, launched 25 July 2013.
Every year in Australia, an average of 35 bicycle riders are killed and more than 9,500 are seriously injured. Greens MPs across the nation are supporting legislation to make drivers leave a minimum distance when overtaking bicycle riders – of 1 metre on roads up to 60km/h, and 1.5 metres on faster roads.
"Everyone has the right to ride safely for work and play. Legislation supporting a minimum overtaking distance is one of a number of connected initiatives to foster greater acceptance of cycling in our culture, and help drivers and bicycle riders share our roads more safely." - Tracey Gaudry, CEO Amy Gillett Foundation.
The Greens have a 'Bike Blackspot' app so you can put your spot on the map. Get it now.
Victorian Greens MPs Greg Barber, Colleen Hartland and Sue Pennicuik paid tribute today to Senator Bob Brown on the announcement of his retirement from the Senate.
"The Greens and the people who support us owe so much to the vision, leadership and endless hard work of Bob Brown", Greg Barber said. "We thank Bob for the personal encouragement and support that he has given to us and to all Victorian Greens over the years" .
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Greg, Sue and Colleen hope that everyone has a relaxing and peaceful holiday season.
Keep safe this summer and come back to a new year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to continue making a difference in the world.
At this time a special mention goes out to the Nurses and Midwives who do an amazing job everyday to care for Victorians, and our thoughts go out to the Public Sector workers who face an uncertain year ahead.
The Greens look forward to working with you, the community, in the year 2012.
Hon. D. M. DAVIS (Minister for Health) -- I have answers to the following questions on notice: 1268, 1381, 1399, 1405-8, 1421, 1434, 1506, 1609, 1611, 1787, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1963, 2003, 2022, 2090, 2138, 2149, 2206 and 7704-99.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I will avail myself of the opportunity on a Wednesday after question time to remind the Leader of the Government that there are still quite a number of outstanding questions.