“The state government’s latest proposal to house low security prisoners in shipping containers is a costly and unnecessary measure,” Green spokesperson on Corrections, Sue Pennicuik said today.
“Prison overcrowding is a problem of the government's own making,” Ms Pennicuik said. "Its flawed and populist changes to sentencing laws, which are not evidence-based, is leading to low risk, non-violent offenders being imprisoned where in the past they would not have been.”
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
The Greens motion to expand the public hospital homebirth service, including a commitment to fund start-up costs in the next State budget, passed through state parliament today.
"This is great news for mothers-to-be across Victoria. The Greens will hold this government to account on their commitment today to ensure that many families will be able to access homebirth services through their local public hospital," said Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"Despite overwhelming evidence to support and expand the homebirth program, the government has been delaying for 18 months on this important women's health issue."
"The Health Minister was advised of the success of the trial homebirth programs at Sunshine and Casey hospitals in June 2012."
"Today's motion means that we're going to see some real progress and soon women will be accessing this expanded maternity service."
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has released partially blanked-out government East West Toll Road documents showing the project is a dud, as he continued his VCAT battle today for transparency about the project.
"The documents show there is no tolling option that will pay for the road, so we will end up subsidising people to drive," said Greg Barber
"The traffic speed data in the package shows there won't be a demand for the toll road except for a small part of morning peak hour, so the government is considering induced demand and tolling roads that are currently free. The traffic volume data seems to contradict the government's statements about how many people will use the road.
Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has announced that The Greens will seek to end Victorian Government toxic tobacco investments.
Yesterday the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation announced that they will no longer invest in tobacco companies. The Future Fund’s did the same in February this year.
“I am putting the Victorian Funds Management Corporation on notice. If they don’t voluntarily divest from tobacco I will introduce a bill early next year to force them to do it,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The bill will amend the Victorian Funds Management Corporation Act to prohibit the Victorian Government from investing in Tobacco companies."
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says Labor's transport plan puts roads ahead of public transport on every page.
"Labor has confirmed they'll build the East West Toll Road and they won't build the superior alternative, which is Doncaster rail," said Greg Barber
"It seems only the Greens want a future for Melbourne based on investing in public transport."
"We fully support the Melbourne Metro rail project but there are other investments that will let us add more trains in the short term - like high capacity signalling. The Melbourne Metro train project is on the never never, because it depends on Tony Abbott having a change of heart."
"What's left is a roads plan. Roads, roads and more roads. Billions and billions on widening arterials, to push the traffic jam a bit further along the way. The best they are offering on rail is a review of the Liberal government's plan, after they're elected."
The Greens have released Lakes Oil operations plans for unconventional gas fracking on farms in the Bellarine and Otways regions, on the same day Parliament will debate a Greens motion to ban fracking. The plans were obtained by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber by freedom of information.
Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has accused the government of hiding the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2013 consultation findings and will today propose amendments to reflect best practice smoking reform.
The Victorian government has refused to publicly release the findings and the 7824 submissions from the consultation process for the Bill despite repeated requests from Ms Hartland.
Colleen Hartland has proposed amendments to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas as well as extending the ban on smoking during children’s sporting events to include 30 minutes before and after the match.
The Victorian Auditor-General has criticised the government's inability to plan for the impact of climate change and other critical statewide threats, in a report tabled in Victorian Parliament today.
"The government has no plan to shield Victoria from the economic risk of extreme weather events caused by climate change, let alone the risks to agriculture, health and the environment," said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber
"The Auditor-General reminds us there are assets worth more than $7 billion at risk of inundation from a one-in-100-year flood, with the CSIRO warning of climate disruption, but the government doesn't have a climate change plan.