Parks Victoria's latest Annual Report tabled in Parliament today shows that the equivalent of 70 full time staff lost their jobs in 2012-13 (966 in June 2013, down from 1036 in June 2012).*
"Staff numbers will continue to drop with the next round of redundancies that started this financial year," Mr Barber said. "This includes park rangers who care for our most precious ecological assets."
Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland says the government missed an opportunity today to give fair protection to Victorian firefighters.
After filibustering twice in previous sittings the government today voted down a motion from Greens MP Colleen Hartland calling on the government to introduce the Fair Protection for Firefighters legislation into the Lower House.
"The government waited until firefighters were out of the room before they betrayed them and voted down my motion," said Colleen Hartland.
The community is on track to raise $5,000 to run hard-hitting TV ads focusing on the Premier's electorate and marginal seats. The ad calls for Fair Protection for Firefighters laws. Time runs out on Monday 23rd September 12pm, and if the $5,000 target is not reached the Poziblecrowd-funding project fails.
People can view the TV ad and contribute at: http://www.fairgoforfirefighters.org
"We have won fair protection for firefighters federally and most other states are on board, but the Victorian Government is yet to commit to protecting firefighters," said Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland.
"Firefighters are angry about inferior treatment compared to their colleagues in neighbouring states. They want their story to be told on the TV which will reach many thousands of Victorians, especially those in the Premier's electorate and marginal seats."
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The Greens launched the 'Maternity Matters' survey today giving Victorian women a chance to say what they want from maternity services.
The 15-item survey for mothers, expectant mothers, or women planning to have a child, can can be found at www.vicmps.greens.org.au/maternitymatters.
"In my recent work with the 'Save the Family Birth Centre' campaign it was immediately apparent that the community has great passion for birthing choice and positive birth experiences, often not available in Victoria's hospitals," the Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland said.
"The birth process has been described as one of the most significant events in a woman's life."
"If compensation is being paid to one group of apartment owners for loss of amenity, who else is eligible? Because we know the project will increase air and noise pollution and traffic congestion in many places, for many homeowners," Mr Barber said.