Greens MP for the Western Suburbs, Colleen Hartland, launched the ‘Rescue TAFE in the West’ Report today. The Greens used the report to call on the Napthine Government to reinstate the funding cuts to TAFE Institutes in Melbourne's western suburbs to provide re-skilling opportunities to the thousands of Western Suburbs manufacturing workers set to lose their jobs.
"With the loss of many manufacturing jobs in the Western Suburbs, we need our public TAFEs to provide re-skilling opportunities more than ever," said Colleen Hartland.
"It is heartless and wrong-headed to cut $40 million per annum from Victoria University when there is such great need for quality re-skilling opportunities in the West. This is the equal highest cut to any TAFE in Victoria."
Yesterday 92,000 Victorians cleaned up more than 3,000 tonne of rubbish from our creeks, streets, parks and beaches on Clean Up Australia Day. The Greens say we can prevent most of this litter hitting the ground with a Cash for Containers scheme.
"Drink containers are now the largest proportion of littler collected on Clean Up Australia day. We could stop this litter before it hits the ground with a 10 cent refund on bottle and cans," said Victorian Greens spokesperson on waste and recycling, Colleen Hartland.
"A Cash for Containers scheme is supported by 85 per cent of Victorians* as well as the Premier."
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."
The Greens condemn the Napthine Government over its dereliction of duty to fire services and community after the United Firefighters Union released a shocking list of equipment and staff shortfalls during recent fires.
“This is a damming account of the impacts of budget cuts to the MFB and CFA and failure to invest in desperately needed firefighters,” said Greens emergency services spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
“This is a dereliction of duty by the Napthine Government to our firefighters and community.”