Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 makes significant amendments to some 20 acts of Parliament and a range of unrelated issues called 'other matters'. A member of the public reading the title of the bill -- Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 -- would not get a very good idea as to what the bill is actually about. The bill also makes a raft of consequential amendments to a large number of acts.



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crime Statistics Bill 2014 establishes a new body or agency to collect and publish crime statistics, which effectively removes that function from the police. This is something the Greens have been calling for for a long time, alongside the need for an independent body to oversee prisons and custodial facilities in Victoria and an independent agency to investigate deaths as a result of police conduct. We are still waiting on those.

Greens support Equal Love and call for an end to ten years of marriage discrimination

Victorian Greens spokesperson for LGBTI, Sue Pennicuik MLC, will be speaking at the Equal Love rally in Melbourne this Saturday marking the 10th anniversary since the federal Marriage Act 1961 was amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman only.

“It is not a happy anniversary," Ms Pennicuik said. "The Greens have long been fighting against discrimination in all aspects of the law and in particular in the last ten years to achieve marriage equality."

Greens will legislate on redress for child sex abuse victims

The Greens announced their plan to introduce legislation for redress for child sex abuse victims ahead of tonight's forum on inaction on the Betrayal of Trust report*.

“If the Greens do not see action on redress for victims by the next government by June 2015, we will introduce legislation ourselves,” said Greens spokesperson on community services Colleen Hartland.

The Napthine Government has indicated that it may wait for the outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which could be years away, before acting on redress recommendations made in the Betrayal of Trust report.

“The Greens will not sit idle while a government of any persuasion delays action on institutional child sex abuse victims,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson for children, Colleen Hartland.

World War I centenary


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This week marks the commencement 100 years ago of World War I. The total casualties of World War I were 37 million -- over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded. The total number of deaths included 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. About 6 million military personnel of the Allies were lost, and about 4 million of the Central Powers.

Greens announce Victorian Cash for Containers election commitment

The Greens will announce their plan to clean up Victoria with a 10c Cash for Container scheme.
“A Cash for Containers scheme will reduce litter and improve the natural environment, create jobs and reduce climate pollution,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on waste management, Colleen Hartland.
“We all want a clean, healthy environment. But currently our streets, creeks, and beaches are littered with drink bottles, cans and cartons. We can stop rubbish before it hits the ground with a 10c refund scheme.”

Lib and Lab choose pokies over people - problem gambling harm to continue

Victorian Greens gambling spokesperson Colleen Hartland says that both the Coalition and Labor voting down the Greens Pokies Bill today shows they care more for their political donors than the Victorian people.
Both Labor and the Coalition voted against the Greens Dollar Bet limits Bill today in the Victorian Parliament. 
"It's a sad day for families affected by problem gambling,"said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling Colleen Hartland.
"The Napthine Government is addicted to gambling revenue and beholden to the lobby groups who donate hundreds of thousands to the Victorian Liberal party, and Labor isn't too far behind.”

Question without Notice: Live music venues


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question without notice is to the Minister for Planning, and it is in regard to the announcement regarding live music and the agent of change principle -- that is, a new provision and practice note due, according to the live music action agenda, in August-September. Can the minister provide details of the particular provision and practice note and how these will be enforced in practice?

TAFE in trouble: VAGO

Greens MP Sue Pennicuik says a new report by the Auditor General shows Victoria's TAFEs are in financial trouble due to Labor and Liberals funding policies.

"The Labor and Liberal parties won't admit their policies have been a failure,” Ms Pennicuik said.

"The policies kicked off by Labor and continued under the Liberals have done damage to the efficient, effective and trusted TAFE system.

Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Bill 2014 is an interesting bill. Clause 3 abolishes the offence of defensive homicide. This has engendered mixed views among stakeholders. On balance the majority of stakeholders do not support the abolition of the offence of defensive homicide, because of the need to ensure that women who kill their partners within the context of family violence -- based on a reasonable belief that they need to do so in order to prevent their own death or serious injury -- are not convicted of murder; on balance the majority of stakeholders believe that the offence of defensive homicide should be retained.