Member's Statement: Christopher Mardon


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Christopher Jack Mardon was a quiet man of great intelligence who involved himself in serious issues throughout his life, such as the promotion of a green economy and the science of global warming. Chris was a past president of the Conservation Council of Victoria and co-author of the seminal book Seeds for Change, published in 1978. Its model for an alternative, lower energy Melbourne has been described as an 'exciting blueprint for livable cities'.
Chris lived in Japan for seven years and taught English at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He was an engineer and scientist and worked for the CSIRO for more than 20 years. After retiring Chris continued to follow a wide range of issues very closely and to disseminate detailed analyses to his wide network of contacts.

Adjournment: Palais Theatre


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, which is 87 years old. On Monday night I was there to see Bob Dylan, who is playing there again tonight, I understand.

Assisted Reproductive Treatment Further Amendment Bill 2013


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill before members is the result of a lot of community debate, including debate in this Parliament, particularly over the past six years, but I suppose it could be said that this issue began 34 years ago when on 23 June 1980 the first child was born through an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. That person was Candice Reed.

Q: 10496 Police and Emergency Services: Firearms


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):

(1)   How many, and what type of firearms were imported into Victoria in 2013.
(2)   How many, and what type of firearms were manufactured in Victoria in 2013.

Q: 10495 Parole Breaches


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections:  
In relation to breaches of parole that have led to imprisonment in the last 12 months:

(1)   What percentage of imprisonments were due to the commission of a criminal offence.
(2)   What percentage of imprisonments were due to a breach of a term or condition of parole.

Q: 10494 Prisoner Population


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections:

Will a data collection system be put in place that will be able to record the impact on the prisoner population by -

(a)   the abolition of suspended sentences and home detention;
(b)   the introduction of minimum and baseline sentencing options;
(c)   denied bail applications; and
(d)   refusal of parole.

Q: 10493 Community Services: Child Protection


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services):  
In relation to Koori children in child protection:

(1)   Why is there a distinction between kinship carers and foster carers for the rate of remuneration so that kinship carers are only eligible for the base rate of remuneration and need to satisfy exceptional circumstances for an adjustment of reimbursement.

(2)   Does the training for kinship carers include training on trauma, and, if so, what is the content and duration of such training.

Greens say auditor reveals tough challenges for legal aid

Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, expressed concern that the Victorian Auditor-General’s report on Access to Legal Aid, has revealed that funding to Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is based largely on the level of demand of 2008.  

The report confirms that there is a lack of appropriate up to date funding coupled with an increase in demand and this has resulted in VLA tightening eligibility for its most intensive and costly legal services.



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014 repeals and subsequently re-enacts many of the existing provisions in the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security Act 2005, which governs the commissioner for law enforcement data.

Jumps Racing petitions


Jumps racing
To the Legislative Council of Victoria:

The petition of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses draws to the attention of the house the decision on 21 January 2010 of Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) to grant a reprieve to jumps racing in Victoria if it meets conditions set by RVL.

Horses in Victoria suffer horrific injuries and die while participating in this so-called 'sport'. Jumps racing (which is illegal under NSW animal cruelty legislation) has a long history of deaths and injuries of horses from falls. The 2009 season was particularly bad resulting in the deaths of 10 horses despite numerous reviews and modifications. Many more horses sustain injuries and fail to reappear.

The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council of Victoria call on the Minister for Racing to intervene and end steeplechase and hurdle racing (jumps racing) in Victoria.

For Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) by Mr BARBER (532 signatures).

Laid on table.