Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MP will be attending tomorrow's rally for Marriage Equality at 1pm at the State Library in Melbourne.
Greens deputy leader and federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP will address the rally.
It is nine years since the Howard government changed the federal Marriage Act 1961 to deliberately exclude LGBTI people from marriage.
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has accused the government of ignoring the community in its Freight & Logistics Plan and has asked the government to hold a public forum to ensure that community voices are heard and incorporated into the Plan.
"The Minister proudly states that he has worked with industry to develop this plan* but there's no mention of the community," said Greens MP For the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"It's the community that bear the brunt of the health, well-being and safety impacts of the freight industry, trucks in particular, but they have been completely ignored in developing this plan."
"More than 21,000 trucks travel on inner West residential streets every single day having a huge impact on community health and well-being."
“The ongoing crisis in access to justice in Victoria is worsening,” Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik said today.
An ABC report last night found that people who can't afford to pay are finding it harder to get legal representation in the courts. The report found that, as a result of lack of access to legal aid, victims of family violence could find themselves being cross examined by their ex-partners in family law cases, including where there are allegations of family violence.
Brian Potter and Greens MP Colleen Hartland will deliver more than 5,000 public messages to the Premier calling for Fair Protection for Firefighters legislation today.
Firefighters & community members will be there following a lunch event to honour Brian Potter and his life-long dedication to protecting the community and raise money for a 'Fighting Fund'.
"Even though Brian Potter is gravely ill with occupational cancer, he continues to battle for the Fair Protection for Firefighters Legislation as his final fight," said Victorian Greens Emergency Services spokesperson, Colleen Hartland.
Napthine finally signs up for national schools plan but slashes more state funding for disadvantaged
After weeks of unnecessary delay, the Napthine government has finally signed up for the national schools plan but at the same time will slash even more funding from state education programs that are designed to assist low income families, Greens Education spokesperson Sue Pennicuik said today.
"While the federal / state agreement, as announced yesterday, will mean more money for Victorian schools over the next six years and crucial for our government schools, it will be many years before schools receive the full funding and in the meantime, the Premier has axed what remains of the education maintenance allowance, which helps low income families with educational costs such as books and excursions.
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has warned of a huge public backlash if Labor attempt to dump the Westlink tollway on the inner West community.
"If Labor thinks they can dump the ridiculously costly, noisy and dirty Westlink tollway on the Western Suburbs, they're in for a shock. We've fought in the thousands in the past, we'll do it again and we'll win" said Colleen Hartland.
Greens MP for Southern Metropolitan region, Sue Pennicuik is supporting Planet Ark’s National Tree Day at a local school today and at Elwood Canal and Gardiner’s Creek on Sunday.
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year around 200,000 people take part in National Tree Day events at thousands of sites organised by councils, schools, businesses, and communities across the country.
“Today I will be planting trees with students from Malvern Primary School and on Sunday I’ll be helping out at Elwood Canal and Gardiner’s Creek.” Ms Pennicuik said. “I’m looking forward to meeting up with lots of local residents who also like to get outside, connect with nature and improve their local environment.”
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber will introduce a new law to make cycling safer, supported by Adam Bandt MP as part of a coordinated Greens national response to the Amy Gillett Foundation 'A Metre Matters' campaign, launched today.
"Every year in Australia, an average of 35 bicycle riders are killed and more than 2,500 are seriously injured. Passing laws will cost us nothing but it will be safer for our kids to ride to school." said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber MLC.
Victorian Greens education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, said today that the Victorian government has had more than enough time and should sign up to the national schools funding plan without further delay.
"Everyone knows that the current education system is unfair and chronically under-funded, especially in Victoria. Our government school students deserve better," Ms Pennicuik said.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has welcomed the move by Victoria's Agriculture Minister to cut red tape for farmers who needed to cull feral deer on their land.
"Last month I called for it, this week he did it. That's progress."
"Now they need to reverse the cuts to Parks Victoria's budget so that we can get back on top of the invasive animals and plants in our National Parks."