The Greens have issued a warning to the government that the people of the Western Suburb will fight for Trains not Tollways in response to today's announcement that tenders have been called for the Westlink tollroad.
"The people of the Western Suburbs don’t want this dirty polluting tollway through their neighbourhoods. We’ve fought this off this proposal before and we’ll do it again” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads. Today’s announcement shows how the State government is out of touch with the community. Instead they see only profits for the road lobby."
"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members from across the Western Suburbs joined my community campaign."
“With today’s busy lifestyles we are eating more fast-food every week, but we have no idea of the energy content of the food and what it might do to our waste line or to our risk of contracting diabetes,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson, Colleen Hartland.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has committed to reopen Goldfields Rail Line passenger services to link the regional cities of Geelong, Ballarat, Maryborough, Castlemaine and Bendigo.
“The population along the Goldfields line has boomed since passenger trains were withdrawn in the late 1970s,” Mr Barber said.
“The Greens support a staged re-introduction of passenger services, with existing stations re-opened if possible, and other new low-cost stations constructed where required.
The Greens have today introduced legislation to the Victorian Parliament for one dollar bet limits on the State’s poker machines.
“The Greens are determined to do something meaningful to help problem gamblers and their families,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling, Colleen Hartland.
“A one dollar limit on bets is the cheapest, most effective and most straight forward option for limiting the losses of problem gamblers.”
"Victoria needs a well-funded, public TAFE system. Our proven and respected public TAFEs were built up over decades with taxpayers’ money and have educated hundreds of thousands of Victorians based on the principle of affordable and accessible training for all”, said Victorian Greens education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik .
"Today on National TAFE Day, it is important to draw attention to the damage that is being done to our pubic TAFEs here in Victoria”, Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Karin Geradts was a very special person who deeply touched the lives of those around her. Karin was a loving mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunty, cousin, teacher, mentor and dear friend to so many people. Karin was a primary school teacher, and the dozens of tributes to her from her current and former students are a testament to her inspiring, passionate and caring style of teaching. She was also a teacher to all who knew her -- teaching by example and with love how to be more honest, generous and brave, as she was.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says that the performance of regional V/Line train services remains at an unacceptably low level.
"The monthly release of V/Line performance data has revealed on-time running performance is down again and remains below the target for punctuality, which isn't very good anyway,” Mr Barber said.
"A short haul trip can be five minutes late and a long haul trip ten minutes late while still being deemed 'on time'. That standard is not good enough when you are trying to get to work, an appointment, or make a connection with another public transport service."
The Victorian Greens have called on the Napthine Government to provide decent wages to Community Health workers after three years of failed enterprise agreement negotiations.
Today in parliament, Greens MP Colleen Hartland called on the Napthine Government to provide funding to settle the wage dispute.
“Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Podiatrists that work in Community Health are the worst paid workers in their respective disciplines in any public or private workplace in any state in Australia,” Said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens spokesperson on health.
The Greens have joined Commission of Inquiry Now (COIN) in calling on the Napthine Government to lay out its plans and timelines for redress of the victims of child sex abuse.
Today in parliament, Greens MP Colleen Hartland, will call on the Napthine Government to provide response to the Betray of Trust Recommendations relating to redress for the victims of child sex abuse.
“The Betrayal of Trust report provided sound recommendations on redress for victims. We must act on these without delay,” said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens Spokesperson on Children.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Karin.
A strong and passionate spirit. Karin always stood up for the environment, equality and for animals.
Karin was a wise and generous elder who said it like it is. Karin made a difference.
We will miss her, she touched all our lives.
Greg Barber, Colleen Hartland and Sue Pennicuik, Greens MPs and staff.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called on Daniel Andrews to use his newfound power to stop the East-West Toll Road.
“No government can exist without supply and confidence in the lower house,” Mr Barber said.
“We find ourselves in the bizarre position where the opposition is offering supply and confidence.
“Daniel Andrews says he opposes the east west toll road and wants the government not to sign contracts before the election, however Andrews is offering the supply and confidence that allows those contracts to be signed.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the State Government's proposal to include polluting fossil fuel gas in the Renewable Energy Target will be a huge hit to the earth and the hip pocket.
‘If Premier Denis Napthine has convinced himself that gas is a renewable energy source, then he is confused,” Mr Barber said.
“Nobody in the world thinks gas is a renewable form of energy.
The announcement today that the state government is going to 'overhaul' the way religion is taught in Victorian primary schools after it was found that volunteers breached its guidelines doesn't go far enough, Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik said.
"There have been complaints about the way special religious education (SRI) is conducted in government schools for years," Ms Pennicuik said. “Not least of the concerns raised by parents, teachers and by me is that SRI is conducted in government schools, using volunteers who are not teachers and using materials that are not accredited by the department.”
The Greens do not support the establishment of a container port at Hastings on Westernport Bay.
Greens MLC Sue Pennicuik says the state government is trying to avoid environmental protection laws in pushing through its Hastings Port proposal.
"The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act, which was introduced by the Labor government, is a way for governments to avoid proper scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of their favourite transport projects," Ms Pennicuik said.
"The Facilitation Act is a way for the state government to avoid complying with Victoria's environmental laws.*
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has announced a plan to install secure bicycle parking at 40 train stations across Melbourne, which will encourage cycling and public transport use while reducing dependence on cars.
Greg Barber said “many train stations across Melbourne have little or no secure bicycle parking, forcing commuters to risk damage or theft to their bike while it is chained to racks, railings or nearby fences.”
“The Greens will invest in 40 secure bicycle parking cages, making it safer and more convenient for more than 1000 cyclists to ride to the train each day.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called on Premier Denis Napthine to back the Renewable Energy Target, which is currently under threat of being watered down by the Federal Government.
"The NSW Premier understands that the Renewable Energy Target is good for the environment and good for jobs. Denis Napthine has too many MPs in his own party room who don't understand the RET, and he won't take them on," Mr Barber said.
"The Premier has no vision and no plan for Victoria's solar and wind industry. Renewables are cheaper, cleaner and smarter, but Dr Napthine is sleepwalking while future industry is under threat.
The Greens in the Western Suburbs kicked of their 2014 election campaign with a celebration at their newly opened campaign headquarters known as The Greenhouse.
"The Greenhouse will be bustling with volunteers right through to the state election on November 29. The Greens continue to be the fastest growing political party and its thanks to our grassroots community support," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"We don't receive multi-million dollar corporate donations, which comes with undue influence on the political process, but we do have the community behind us."
The Victorian Greens have committed to increase V/Line coach services by 50% across regional Victoria.
“V/Line coaches are the only form of public transport for most of Victoria’s small towns, yet many routes run so infrequently that they cannot get people where they need to go when they need to get there.
“The lack of services means people rely on cars or just end up stuck with no means of getting to and from major regional centres, or on to Melbourne.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has congratulated Gippsland residents on winning a short term halt to gas drilling.
"The government has listened to the community who've expressed their view loud and clear. Land and water for food production is the most precious thing we have, but fossil fuel exploration threatens both," Mr Barber said.
“The Seaspray community has campaigned strongly against onshore gas exploration, and this decision is a clear attempt to silence their protests.
The Victorian Greens will vote against clause 4 of the Crimes Amendment (Protection of Children) Bill 2014 saying it will worsen the impact of abuse on children by criminalising their non-abusive mothers.
Ten family violence and sexual assault advocacy organisations and the Federation of Community Legal Centres have called on the National Party to join the Greens and ALP in opposing Clause 4 of the bill.
"The Coalition Government has recklessly ignored the concerns of expert organisations and the Cummins Report* in progressing the law," said Victorian Greens spokesperson on children and youth, Colleen Hartland.
Elms, a seven-year-old gelding had to be put down on the track after severely fracturing his right fore cannon bone after the first obstacle in a restricted hurdle at Casterton yesterday.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed and angry that yet another horse, the second in five days, has been killed in a Victorian jumps race.
“This brings the total deaths to three in Victoria which proves Racing Victoria's so-called safety measures are not working. The only way to guarantee safety is to end Jumps Racing which is 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing,” Ms Pennicuik said.
Greg Barber MLC, leader of the Victorian Greens, said new modelling by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows Victorians will lose clean energy jobs and lower long-term energy prices if the federal government cuts the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Greg Barber said, "The Liberals are stifling the development of our renewable energy resources, which means Victoria misses out on jobs and other benefits.
"The Bloomberg New Energy Finance modelling shows the Renewable Energy Target (RET) will cut the cost of energy for households and businesses, plus bring jobs.
Show Dancer, a seven-year-old gelding, was put down after suffering a horrific and brutal fall during the 3,400m steeplechase at Sandown Racecourse yesterday. Two other horses also fell.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is deeply saddened and 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 so called ‘sport’.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says energy bills and greenhouse emissions will increase after the state government moves to scrap an energy saving scheme.
Mr Barber said "this scheme has helped hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses save money on their power bills, with free or low cost devices like light bulbs and solar hot water heaters.
"The government’s own report shows homes that participate would save thousands off their energy bills and for businesses, tens of thousands.
The Greens commit to order an additional 50 trams to fix overcrowding, Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber announced today.
“The Government has neglected Melbourne’s tram rolling stock in the face of worsening overcrowding,” said Greg Barber MLC.
Overcrowding has become worse in recent years:
- Passenger numbers grew by 30% in the ten years to 2011.
- During morning peak hour in the CBD, Melbourne’s tram lines are at 99% capacity on average, with some routes running at nearly 150%.
- The Government predicts an additional 16,000 tram trips will be made each day through 2014-15.
“The Government has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to trams,” said Greg Barber.