Australian Greens leader Christine Milne joined Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber on the campaign trail today, announcing an initiative to help Victoria achieve its 5% solar energy target.
The Victorian Solar Bank would work much like the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation, providing funds to invest in solar and clean technology around the state.
Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, expressed surprise at the defeat of the Jury Directions Amendment Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly last night. The bill was voted down by the Opposition and Geoff Shaw because the government forced it to a vote when there had been no debate on the proposed laws.
Viva Delspec, a 7yo bay gelding (male) was put down after suffering a knee injury at Warrnambool yesterday at only the second race of the 2014 Victorian Jumps Racing season which runs until 28 September.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed that yet another horse has been killed in a jumps race and is calling again on the government to ban this cruel and barbaric ‘sport.’
The Greens will call for an commitee inquiry into legislation that allows strip searches and isolation* of children in secure welfare protection, when the Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Security Measures) Bill 2013 is debated in Victorian Parliament today.
"Secure welfare services are the most extreme form of child protection. The best practices in child welfare should be implemented, not invasive strip searches," said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens spokesperson for children and young people.
The Greens have welcomed the Victorian Mental Health Act passed this week as a big step forward, but flawed practices which potentially impact children and women's health have been allowed continued. The Greens say it is a huge missed opportunity.
While The Greens were successful in getting up an important gender identity amendment, the government and Labor's rejection of other Greens initiatives means that children can continue to receive electroconvulsive treatment and there is no principle included that women should be housed separate to men where possible.
"The Greens identified gender identity as critical to be excluded from the definition of a mental illness. Our community members have a right to express their gender identity without fear of this being labelled a mental illness,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on health, Colleen Hartland.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC, attended the opening of the duck shooting season, at Lake Elizabeth, near Kerang in northern Victoria.
“While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, I was glad to see DEPI officers present to ensure the safety of the large number of swans that were there. Every year, we see swans illegally shot and left on the water to die,” Ms Pennicuik said. “The officers, however, seemed more focussed on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.”
“Sadly, over the course of the morning, we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few DEPI officers appeared to be present.