Victorian Greens spokesperson on emergency services Colleen Hartland has today called on the Premier to support The Greens Fair Protection for Firefighters Laws, or introduce their own as firefighters are exposed to toxic chemicals and smoke yet again.
"Firefighters go into fire zones while everyone else gets as far away as they can," said Colleen Hartland.
"We're very pleased to see all citizens safe today. However, the health of firefighters battling today's fire is far from safe."
"The Wells Road fire is a large and serious toxic fire. Though it's important to remember that every house and structure fire that firefighters face also contain toxic chemicals and smoke."
Australian Greens leader Christine Milne joined Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber on the campaign trail today, announcing an initiative to help Victoria achieve its 5% solar energy target.
The Victorian Solar Bank would work much like the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation, providing funds to invest in solar and clean technology around the state.
Speech to the Eastern Transport Coalition, 9 April 2014
Fifty years ago, Melbourne was a world class public transport city. For as long as I can remember, there has always been a movement to take it back in that direction.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Assistant Treasurer:
In relation to his responsibility as Minister for WorkSafe, what action has been taken by WorkSafe Victoria to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):
What action has been taken by Victoria Police to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services):
What action has been taken by the Department of Human Services to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
Colleen Hartland reveals that of the $1.3 billion announced for social housing in the Napthine Government's new social housing framework, just $149 million is new spending. There is no investment in increasing the public housing stock.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question is for the Minister for Housing. The government has now released the long-awaited social housing framework. After extensive consultation and years in development, it fails to provide a vision for the growth of social housing into the future, and it fails to provide a solution for the 34 000 people on the waiting list.