Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.
"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.
"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.
“Evidence from five trials across Australia shows that voluntary pre-commitment does not work, it does not limit the harm of problem gambling,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on Gambling Colleen Hartland.
“Voluntary pre-commitment has failed to limit problem gambling elsewhere in Australia and it will fail here in Victoria. The scheme is absolute rubbish and contrary to evidence on effective measure to reduce problem gambling."
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament.
In light of the January 2014 heatwave that led to over 100 deaths across Victoria, Colleen Hartland has called for the government to take heatwaves more seriously. In parliamnet she motioned for a review of the government's heatwave planning, saying heatwaves deserve a whole of government emergency response, similar to that of bushfires.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) Speech:
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning on behalf of the Minister for Roads.
We all know that kids and trucks do not mix. I wholeheartedly support the community campaign by residents in the inner west and the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group to extend the truck curfews to include school crossing times on Somerville Road.
More than 2000 trucks travel Somerville Road every day. Kingsville Primary School and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School are located on this road, and a number of kindergartens are less than 100 metres from the road. These huge numbers of diesel-spewing trucks are impacting the health of our children and posing significant safety concerns.
SUSTAINABLE FORESTS (TIMBER) AND WILDLIFE AMENDMENT BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- This bill has nothing at all to do with people who want to protest against logging operations by standing in front of bulldozers, as I have been known to do from time to time. We already have laws against that. This bill does something quite different.
In fact this bill targets people who go into a forest with no intention of protesting in the way that Mr Ramsay has suggested they do. He needs to read his own bill and he needs to understand it.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sustainable Forests (Timber) and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2013 is one of the most Orwellian-named bills I have come across in this place. It seems like an innocuous title -- sustainable forests and wildlife amendment bill -- when in fact it is a piece of legislation that is not only completely unnecessary but one that will take away the rights of Victorians, as my colleague Mr Barber enunciated very clearly in his discussion on part 2 of the bill, which is the amendment to the Sustainable Forest (Timber) Act 2004, and his outlining of what that will mean to Victorians, the vast majority of whom are opposed to logging in our native forests.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Court Services Victoria Bill 2013.
Speech Ms HARTLAND —
Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of attending a number of Midsumma Festival events in the western suburbs.
There have been a range of events, such as the launch of WEST AND PROUD, which documents the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) heritage and culture. The website is quite interesting. It showcases a number of short films about the history of queer life in the west as well as a historical timeline of significant milestones. The personal stories brought to life via film navigate broad territory, from coming out stories to gender transitioning, same-sex parenting and beyond. WEST AND PROUD is a joint venture between RMIT University social work students and Hobsons Bay City Council.
ENERGY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (GENERAL) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am very saddened to hear that the members of the Labor and Liberal parties think that the kind of minor level tinkering contained in this bill is up to the job of addressing the crisis in energy affordability that has been ongoing for a number of years now.