Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy, and it regards the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street. I note that during question time Mr Tee asked the minister about mandatory height controls in Bourke Street, which is a matter I have also discussed with the minister.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will be supporting this bill.
We have given the measures contained in it some careful scrutiny, and with the following comments and notes we intend to support the bill. Obviously there are a number of revocations of permanent Crown land reservations, including one I pay particular attention to which is in Carlton. I am informed by the Melbourne City Council that the removal of the reservation for the land associated with the Carlton Football Club is part of a larger land swap arrangement that has been approved by the council. There are also a number of government projects being facilitated with these measures, including the Werribee employment precinct development, the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment and the Ballarat West employment zone development.
Ms Pennicuik (Southern Metropolitan) -- There is hardly a more important bill to come before Parliament than legislation which regulates Victoria Police.
Victoria Police have a lot of powers under the act, but they are also able to use force, firearms and other weaponry in enforcing those powers under the act, so the way the police are regulated is of great importance to everyone in the community.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- On behalf of my Green colleagues in this Parliament I would like to wish all members an enjoyable summer break. By the time we get back here a number of religious observances will have taken place in multicultural Victoria. They will include Hanukkah and the Greek Orthodox Christmas Day in January, as well as the Prophet's birthday and Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by a number of groups. Aside from the spiritual component, these holidays and observances allow us to come together, to reflect, to be with people we love and to reconnect with our communities.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That this house notes and endorses the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2013 Working Group 1 report that --
(1) it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century;
(2) continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system; and
(3) limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. If we think forward to the scenario of a world that is 4 degrees warmer than it is now, which is a quite likely outcome of the current do-nothing settings that Australia and a number of other major emitters have adopted, then we in Australia are in real trouble as a country that has always been on the edge climatically. Therefore it is hugely important that we as a community here in Australia understand the scenario we are facing.
“The High Court decision to disallow the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, has put the focus squarely on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality as the majority of Australians want to see," Victorian Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.
The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament and that "Marriage" in s 51(xxi) includes a marriage between persons of the same sex.
“Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced a federal marriage equality bill today,” Ms Pennicuik said.
TRANSPORT (COMPLIANCE AND MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT (ON-THE-SPOT PENALTY FARES) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Liberal Party had a lot to say about fare evasion when it was in opposition, but in government it has achieved very little.
That is because its members persist in using the same old failed model inherited from the Labor Party, involving for the most part bands of randomly roving ticket inspectors. From the government's own fare evasion plan, the so-called Network Revenue Protection Plan, you can easily derive the following numbers: authorised officers or ticket inspectors, who are employees of Metro Trains Melbourne, check about 2 per cent of all tickets -- that is, about 2 per cent of all rides. Of those they check, they issue fines to about 2 per cent of fare evaders, despite the government telling us from other survey methods that fare evasion is much higher, so your chances of being checked by a ticket inspector are extraordinarily low on any given day.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 29 November I attended a commemoration service hosted by Asbestoswise and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for the lives of those touched by asbestos. Australia has the highest reported incidence of asbestos-related disease in the world, including the highest instance of mesothelioma.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Corrections, Mr O'Donohue. It pertains to the plan announced by the government to house minimum-security prisoners in shipping containers -- which I note he did not mention in his answer to the Dorothy Dixer from Mr Elsbury about prison overcrowding -- and plans by Corrections Victoria to operate work camps where rotating teams of minimum-security prisoners will work on conservation and general maintenance projects in regional areas while living in the community for seven days in temporary accommodation, such as vacant community halls. My question to the minister is: is it just a coincidence that these two plans were announced in the same week or are they related, and does it indicate that the majority of the 11 per cent jump in prisoner numbers is occurring in minimum-security prisons?
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I would like to start by quoting Nelson Mandela, who said:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
This quote is on the wall of the foyer of the Australian Education Union's building in Clarendon Street, Southbank.