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.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Attorney-General. Recent media reports have highlighted that the Victorian systemic review of family violence deaths has only produced one report in five years, despite the fact that each year in Victoria approximately 40 per cent of all deaths attributed to homicide involve intimate partners and other family members.
In the recent Coroners Court annual report it was reported that from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2013, 97 of the total of 254 determined and suspected homicides were classified as having an apparent relevance to the Victorian systemic review of family violence deaths. Yet despite the many cases that need analysing, the unit has been reduced to just one part-time worker specific to family violence since yearly funding attached to the review program was axed in 2010.
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 Greens are calling for redevelopment of the Footscray Emergency and Inpatient precinct following the National Health Performance Authority report found it to be the worse performing emergency department in Victoria and the second worst in Australia.
"It's a disgrace that Footscray is the worst-performing hospital in Victoria and the second worst in Australia for emergency department wait times*," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.
"Not only is Footscray not keeping up with demand, but the aged infrastructure is at the end of it's useable life."
"Regardless of how fantastic nurses and doctors are, the hospital infrastructure limits their ability to deliver healthcare. Some emergency consultation cubicles are too small and cannot be used, for example."