Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber today called on the Premier to ensure that Morwell residents are consulted over the terms of reference of the Board of Inquiry into the Hazelwood coal mine fire.
"The government is on the back foot again, belatedly announcing an inquiry without any terms of reference. The people of Morwell should be consulted over the terms of reference for this inquiry, because they suffered the health and pollution impact of the fire," said Greg Barber MLC.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber today called on Premier Denis Napthine to start evacuating the most vulnerable people affected by the Hazelwood coal mine fire.
Mr Barber said, ‘Premier Denis Napthine needs to step up, show leadership and do everything required to protect the health of the people of Morwell.
‘Premier Napthine has to step in and take direct responsibility for the Hazelwood coal fire health crisis.
‘This morning we had a nice gesture with the Premier offering his house in Port Fairy as a safe respite for one family from Morwell, but his job as Victoria’s leader is to fix the problem for all 13,000 people of Morwell.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber is calling on the state government to put a freeze on gas drilling planned for Gippsland.
"The government's moratorium is on fracking only. Companies like Lakes Oil are moving ahead with an application to do more drilling. The Minister for Resources should tell them 'no way'."
"The Premier and Deputy Premier need to intervene and ensure that Energy Minister does the right thing by regional communities and refuses the current drilling application from Lakes Oil."
Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.
"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.
"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.
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