MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation (for the Attorney-General): In relation to the changes in the legal aid guidelines that have removed legal representation for many disadvantaged people and that now provide for representation only by duty lawyers available on the day in other matters:
Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson Colleen Hartland has announced that The Greens will seek to end Victorian Government toxic tobacco investments.
Yesterday the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation announced that they will no longer invest in tobacco companies. The Future Fund’s did the same in February this year.
“I am putting the Victorian Funds Management Corporation on notice. If they don’t voluntarily divest from tobacco I will introduce a bill early next year to force them to do it,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
"The bill will amend the Victorian Funds Management Corporation Act to prohibit the Victorian Government from investing in Tobacco companies."
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has released partially blanked-out government East West Toll Road documents showing the project is a dud, as he continued his VCAT battle today for transparency about the project.
"The documents show there is no tolling option that will pay for the road, so we will end up subsidising people to drive," said Greg Barber
"The traffic speed data in the package shows there won't be a demand for the toll road except for a small part of morning peak hour, so the government is considering induced demand and tolling roads that are currently free. The traffic volume data seems to contradict the government's statements about how many people will use the road.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says Labor's transport plan puts roads ahead of public transport on every page.
"Labor has confirmed they'll build the East West Toll Road and they won't build the superior alternative, which is Doncaster rail," said Greg Barber
"It seems only the Greens want a future for Melbourne based on investing in public transport."
"We fully support the Melbourne Metro rail project but there are other investments that will let us add more trains in the short term - like high capacity signalling. The Melbourne Metro train project is on the never never, because it depends on Tony Abbott having a change of heart."
"What's left is a roads plan. Roads, roads and more roads. Billions and billions on widening arterials, to push the traffic jam a bit further along the way. The best they are offering on rail is a review of the Liberal government's plan, after they're elected."
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Transport Accident Amendment Bill 2013 makes changes to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) compensation and common-law schemes for people who suffer injuries due to a transport accident or, as its purpose clause says, 'to further improve the operation of that act'. Let us talk about what we are talking about; this is a no-fault scheme of road traffic accident compensation based on a compulsory payment made with car registration. It is there to ensure and reassure every Victorian that if they are involved in a traumatic road accident, they will be looked after.
It should be a matter of pride that as a society we have decided to come together to create a mechanism to ensure that for the negative consequences of our transport system we will treat everybody as an equal member of our society and in the process provide a form of, in this case, financial insurance. As is the case for so many of our basic tenets of society, this is a form of social insurance of which we should all be proud, not just for what it delivers but for what it represents. The bill before us attacks that core principle and is in many ways a threshold that I would not like to see become a precedent for more and more changes as we move down the line.
The Greens have some major issues with the bill.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the Liberal and National parties face electoral defeat if they continue to deny climate change.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) - In the state and federal parliaments it has been another week of resistance to climate change reality for the Liberal Party and The Nationals. Coalition MPs are suffering on this solid junk food diet fed to them by tabloid newspapers. This morning, in the Herald Sun Andrew Bolt is able to quote accurately and approvingly from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change. It is just a pity he cannot capture the whole of its findings. Mr Bolt assumes that his fans have the memory of goldfish and so tomorrow he can tell them to believe something completely different from what he told them today.
One of his ditto head fans is Mr Finn, who this week told us that arctic ice is growing, not shrinking.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's report, ‘Unfinished Business: Koori Women and the Justice System'.
(1) Will Corrections Victoria implement recommendations 12-19 of the report.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Saturday I joined community members at Hastings to protest against plans to expand the port of Hastings as a container port and as a mooted coal export port. The protest was organised by the Westernport Peninsula Protection Council, Environment Victoria and Quit Coal.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to make a contribution to the debate on Mr Somyurek's motion 666, which states:
That this house calls on the Abbott federal government to immediately move to secure the future of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, and the thousands of jobs that go with it, by announcing its commitment to coinvest in this critical industry.