Colleen Hartland - Questions the Minister on the future of National Partnership public health projects. My question is to the Minister for Health. The federal coalition government has announced that it will terminate the national partnership agreement on preventive health effective from July this year. This agreement was to provide $236 million in 2014–15 for initiatives such as community-based healthy lifestyle programs, promoting physical activity and healthy eating for children, health promotion in workplaces and much more. These programs, as the minister would know, are critical for reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases.
Can the minister clarify how much the Victorian government stands to lose from the termination and whether the government will be digging into its surplus to fund the ongoing delivery of these critical programs?
Following a strong community campaign, Melton City Council has rejected Boral's application to expand their tip in Deer Park.
Congratulations to all involved. Greens MP Colleen Hartland been involved in community campaigns against waste and contamination issues in the Western Suburbs for 30 years and loves a good win! Some think that they can just dump waste on the West and get away with it. This shows, once again, that the people of the West will stand up for the West and can win! Of course our work continues to clean up the existing site. Read on for Colleen's parliamentary speech:
In Parliament today the Greens will call on the government to meet with the families of victims of family violence, after the paltry budget response to this prevalent problem.
“Instead of the urgent minimum $16 million requested by service providers for the state-wide roll-out for the Strengthening Risk Management project, the government has announced just $4.5 million,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on women Colleen Hartland.
“This project would create multi-agency high risk task forces across Victoria as the first step in a system-wide approach to holding violent perpetrators accountable for their behaviour.”
“In the wake of the murder of Fiona Warzywoda, I am shocked by the Napthine Government’s appalling neglect of the issue.”
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament regarding the State Taxation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.
Mr Barber has, as usual, addressed extremely well most of what the Greens needed to discuss. I will deal with just the issues around pokies and gambling which are addressed in clauses 25 and 26. I will be quite brief now and will be asking questions during the committee stage.
Clause 25 increases the losses on average pokies machines from 13 per cent to 15 per cent. The Greens oppose this clause because it will increase the losses on pokies.
Colleen Hartland questions the government over the future of Gambling Research Australia
My question is to the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. Gambling Research Australia provides high-quality research and an avenue for the Victorian government to shape the direction of gambling research to establish evidence-based regulation to reduce the harms of gambling. The establishment of the Australian Gambling Research Centre does not replace the need for Gambling Research Australia as it will not provide the same abilities for the Victorian government to shape the gambling research agenda.
Colleen Hartland - response in parliament to government bill on gambling and liquor reform.
I rise to speak on the Gambling and Liquor Legislation Amendment (Modernisation) Bill 2014, and I thank Ms Pulford for going through many of the technicalities of the bill. I will make some comments and speak particularly about clause 53, which the Greens intend to vote against. The bill goes to a number of issues, such as unauthorised gambling, which is currently prohibited under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003. The Greens accept the proposed changes in relation to conducting advertising and providing places for unauthorised gambling on the basis that they provide no greater leniency in regard to this illegal gambling.
Colleen Hartland's response to the Government's bill on further reform of the taxi industry.
I rise today to speak on the Transport Legislation Amendment (Further Taxi Reform and Other Matters) Bill 2014. This is a substantial bill with a range of purposes. Many of the purposes appear to be reasonable in the context of the reform taking place, and the Greens will not oppose them. Labor has outlined its concerns about taxicab operators in the regional or country zones being able to determine their own maximum fares or hiring rates, and the Greens share many of these concerns.
Colleen Hartland - speech in parliament.
On 16 April Fiona Warzywoda, who was aged only 33, was stabbed at the corner of Hampshire and Devonshire roads. The next morning I received an email from Sophie Dutertre saying that we had to do something. Following that email a community vigil against domestic violence was organised. It was held on Tuesday, 22 April. It was pleasing to see MPs from all parties attending that vigil.
Colleen Hartland questions Minister in parliament over the future of the Sunvale Primary School Site.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question today is for the Assistant Treasurer, Mr Rich-Phillips. There has been a long community fight to keep the former Sunvale Primary School site as open space due to the shortage of green open space in Sunshine. Despite this, tender signs for redevelopment have been put up at the site this week. Brimbank City Council has bought part of the site for $3.2 million, and promises have been made by Mr Finn to fight to keep it as open space. My question is: will the government support Mr Finn in his bid to keep the whole site as open space by withdrawing this tender process and gifting the land to the Brimbank council?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.