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.
Colleen Hartland questioned the Minister for Health in parliament regarding providing funding for frontline agencies to respond to heatwaves. The Minister responded by indicating funding would not be provided and saying that heatwaves should not be confused with the esoteric debate about climate change.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT (PERFORMANCE REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the bill. After consulting the relevant local government representative bodies it appears there is no great disquiet about the bill across the sector. In fact in a lot of cases, including of course in progressive councils like the City of Yarra, these measures have already been introduced.
The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill will be debated in state parliament this week. The bill expands the circumstances in which police and PSOs may direct a person to ‘move on’ from a public place.
"This bill fundamentally changes the rights of citizens to protest, demonstrate or picket a particular place," Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC said. "Whether people are protesting about environmental, social or industrial issues, they will now be subject extended ‘move on’ and arrest powers."
Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC will join the Pride March in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda this Sunday.
“I am excited to be starting the march with Australian Marriage Equality, representing the Greens' strong support for Marriage Equality across Australia," Ms Pennicuik said.
Sue will also be marching with the Victorian Greens along with Ellen Sandell, Greens candidate for Melbourne, Cr Neil Pilling, Glen Eira’s first Greens Mayor, Stonnington Council's first Green councillors, Cr Sam Hibbins and Cr Erin Davie, other Greens councillors from around Melbourne and many other Greens.
“The Greens have been campaigning for marriage to achieve full equality for many years," Ms Pennicuik said.
The Greens announced today they will introduce legislation to the Victorian Parliament for $1 bet limits on the State’s poker machines. The announcement comes ahead of next week’s vote on the Coalition Government’s voluntary pre-commitment laws, which The Greens say will fail to address problem gambling.
“The Greens are determined to do something meaningful to help problem gamblers and their families” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling Colleen Hartland.
“Currently problem gamblers can lose thousands of dollars per hour on pokies and with average loses of $840 per hour. A $1 bet limit would limit losses to $120 per hour.”
“This will make a huge difference to Victorian families suffering from the detrimental impacts of problem gambling.”
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. Today representatives from the Save the Palace Theatre group attended question time. My adjournment matter is on a similar issue. I note that the minister, in his answer to the question asked today, said that he is looking at mandatory height controls with the Melbourne City Council, but I know he could put controls in place at any time. The minister mentioned the agent-of-change principle, which is another issue that I have raised in this Parliament, and it was the subject of an article by Patrick Donovan from Music Victoria published in the Age recently.