New figures obtained by Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber show the infringements system for public transport tickets is not working, so we should replace it with staff who sell tickets.
"Ticket inspectors are unreliable and are getting worse. About 14% of the people they book don't end up paying a fine; up from 11% two years ago. If our speed camera system had a 14% failure rate, it would be shut down tomorrow."
"The Authorised Officer system doesn't work. We should bring back the 'Connies' - the tram conductors who sell tickets - and put on more station staff. If someone is caught without a ticket, we should sell them one."
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber has described myki as "a black hole for money and information" after the Transport Ticketing Authority's Annual Report was tabled in Victorian Parliament this morning.
"This report has not one skerrick of information on the performance of myki," said Greg Barber
"We don't know how many dud cards there were, how many people were overcharged or how often the machines are out of service. Myki is a black hole for money and information as well, it seems."
SUSTAINABLE GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am not sure when Mr Baillieu made the statement that the government would be protecting front-line public servants from these cuts, but clearly it was an attempt to set out a statement of the values this government held. Unfortunately it achieved exactly the opposite effect. It put the spotlight on what the government's priorities are, and that is the purpose of this motion today. It was bad enough to be delivering the bad news about sacking some thousands of public servants, but by drawing a distinction between front-line and back-line the Premier slurred all public servants. It was not good to be announcing job cuts, but he made it immeasurably worse by slurring all public servants.
If there is a mad ideological obsession here, it is the belief by members of the Liberal Party that somewhere, if you just open the right door in the right government department, you will find a whole bunch of public servants bouncing around on pogo sticks, representing a great windfall to the government that can cut them. Which minister in this current government wants to stand up and say they have too many public servants, they do not need any more and things would run better in their department with less helpers? It looks very different once you are in government.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Planning on behalf of the Minister for Public Transport.
At a community meeting held in May, government and Metro representatives made a series of promises to the Altona Loop community. The May community meeting marked the one-year anniversary of the new train timetable. The timetable introduced in May 2011 resulted in significant cuts to the Altona loop train service. Ever since, the Altona loop commuters have been the most dissatisfied on the whole metropolitan network, as shown in every customer satisfaction survey.
Greens MLC Greg Barber says today's Auditor-General's report on fare evasion reinforces the Greens message to bring back the tram conductors and staff every station with people who can sell you a ticket.
"The current system of enforcing fare evasion just isn't working. Authorised officers check 2% of all tickets, so you've got a very good chance of getting away with it."
"Soon you will not be able to buy a ticket on a tram, for the first time in over 100 years."
"But if we put a conductor on every tram and staffed every station it would be normal to buy a ticket."
Western Suburbs Greens MP Colleen Hartland says that the government's Draft Passenger Rail Infrastructure Noise Policy*, released last week, confirms Regional Rail Link noise levels will exceed thresholds and noise mitigation measures need to be investigated.
"This noise policy affirms that community's calls for noise mitigation measures on the regional rail link corridor are justified" said Greens MP Colleen Hartland.
"Current noise levels on the rail corridor already exceed the investigation threshold levels in the governments draft policy"**
Greens MP for Western Metropolitan, Colleen Hartland, will launch a community postcard campaign at Newport train station with the theme - "Does this sardine can train look fixed to you Mr Baillieu?".
When: 9am Tuesday 31 July 2012. (Colleen and friends will be at Newport station from 8am handing out the postcards)
Where: Newport Train Station, city bound platform.
What: Launch of community campaign postcard at busy Western Suburbs public transport hub (Newport station is a commuter hub for the West - the Werribee line, Altona Loop, and Williamstown trains lines pass through here).
Western Suburbs Greens MP Colleen Hartland today called on the Labor Party to find a consistent position on the dirty East-West tollway proposed to run through the Western Suburbs.
"State Labor under Daniel Andrews is trying to tell us they're opposed to the East-West tollway, even though it's largely similar to the road Brumby introduced," said Colleen Hartland.
"The Gillard Labor Government now has to make it clear - will they fund Baillieu's dirty East-West tollway through the West or will they fund better public transport?"
Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland says this truck roll-over was an accident waiting to happen and that it's time to implement a 50km/h speed limits before someone is hurt.
"Moore Street is a residential street, but is increasingly becoming a truck highway. In night-time hours residents have a truck hurtling past their door nearly every minute, and in day time hours a truck almost every 20 seconds!" said Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland.
"I'm so thankful that no one was hurt or even killed in this instance. This intersection is heavily used by pedestrians, including kids walking to school. Next time we may not be so lucky".
In parliament, Colleen Hartland called on the minister to initiate a public inquiry or to undertake a health impact assessment following the WHO declaration that diesel exhaust causes cancer.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) — My question is for the Minister for Health. Last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subgroup of the World Health Organisation, classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans. Part 5 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, for which the minister is responsible, allows the minister to either initiate a public inquiry or to undertake a health impact assessment.
Will the minister do so in relation to diesel truck emissions and their impact on the Victorian population?
Hon. D. M. DAVIS (Minister for Health) — I thank the member for her question. I too saw that report, and I have sought some information. I have not made any decision at this point to take the action that she indicates in terms of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act, but I did see the report and will respond in due course.