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Colleen Hartland MLC is one of three elected Greens in the Upper House of Victorian State Parliament and she represents the Western Suburbs. For more information on Colleen, including her portfolio areas, see the page about Colleen Hartland MP. Connect with Colleen on Facebook.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament: My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. My adjournment matter relates to the fire services property levy. Before reform in 2012 the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) received 75 per cent and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) received 77.5 per cent of annual estimated expenditure directly from insurance companies. State and local governments contributed the remaining amount. Insurance companies then recuperated these funds via the fire services levy on insured properties.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament. Along with Mr Pallas, the member for Tarneit in the other house, last week I attend a meeting at Werribee Secondary College to discuss the poor physical condition of the buildings and grounds. I understand from the school that the Minister for Education, Mr Dixon, Mr Elsbury and Mr Finn were invited; unfortunately none of them were able to attend.
I knew there were many problems with the school, but I was shocked at how bad the situation is. The school council outlined the situation for us. There is a substantial drain upon school maintenance funds, as the school has to divert funds from the current educational program, and there are potential safety, occupational health and safety and fire hazards. The urgent need for building works poses a significant risk to student and teacher safety as well as to the general community.
Victorian Greens Disability Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has called the Disability Amendment Bill, which passed through parliament last night, a cash-grab gone bad as it will take from the pockets of many residents in disability support housing.
“Residents of disability support housing are going to get caught in the crossfire as the state government attempts a cash grab from the Commonwealth as it will actually take from the pockets of many residents instead" said Ms Hartland.
"There could be hundreds, or even more, people in disability support housing who will now be out of pocket $82 dollars per fortnight as a consequence of this Bill."
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament.
I have decided that the best way for me to start my contribution tonight is to read in full a press statement from the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc. (VALID), dated 25 November. I attended this meeting of family members, carers and people from the sector, which was called by VALID on 11 November.
The press release is headed ‘Cash Grab an Insult’. It begins:
"A meeting of family members representing people residing in DHS-funded group homes has condemned the Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge,MP, for: