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.
Greens say the Napthine Government is failing to take heatwaves as seriously as bushfires and is under-resourcing responses to protect Victorians.
"The deaths so far this summer are greater than the road toll, greater than bushfire, but there's no screaming sirens, just people dying quietly, often alone and isolated in their homes” said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens Health Spokesperson.
“Heatwaves should be on the same emergency planning level as bushfires and floods in Victoria’s emergency management planning. Despite having the highest death toll, they take second rung.”
"This has been a full blown natural disaster, with many avoidable deaths and the Napthine Government is doing little more than issuing heat alerts."
The Greens ‘Maternity Matters’ survey results released today reveal that maternity services do not meet the needs of many Victorian Women.
The survey was open for a period of three weeks, had 8,329 views, 1,100 Facebook shares and a total of 895 Victorian participants.
“The survey results demonstrate that many women are deeply unsatisfied with maternity services as they are unable to access their preferred models of care” said the Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.
“Maternity services in Victoria are not currently meeting the needs of many women”
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.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will be supporting this bill.
We have given the measures contained in it some careful scrutiny, and with the following comments and notes we intend to support the bill. Obviously there are a number of revocations of permanent Crown land reservations, including one I pay particular attention to which is in Carlton. I am informed by the Melbourne City Council that the removal of the reservation for the land associated with the Carlton Football Club is part of a larger land swap arrangement that has been approved by the council. There are also a number of government projects being facilitated with these measures, including the Werribee employment precinct development, the Bendigo Hospital redevelopment and the Ballarat West employment zone development.
Ms Pennicuik (Southern Metropolitan) -- There is hardly a more important bill to come before Parliament than legislation which regulates Victoria Police.
Victoria Police have a lot of powers under the act, but they are also able to use force, firearms and other weaponry in enforcing those powers under the act, so the way the police are regulated is of great importance to everyone in the community.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- On behalf of my Green colleagues in this Parliament I would like to wish all members an enjoyable summer break. By the time we get back here a number of religious observances will have taken place in multicultural Victoria. They will include Hanukkah and the Greek Orthodox Christmas Day in January, as well as the Prophet's birthday and Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by a number of groups. Aside from the spiritual component, these holidays and observances allow us to come together, to reflect, to be with people we love and to reconnect with our communities.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That this house notes and endorses the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2013 Working Group 1 report that --
(1) it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century;
(2) continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system; and
(3) limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. If we think forward to the scenario of a world that is 4 degrees warmer than it is now, which is a quite likely outcome of the current do-nothing settings that Australia and a number of other major emitters have adopted, then we in Australia are in real trouble as a country that has always been on the edge climatically. Therefore it is hugely important that we as a community here in Australia understand the scenario we are facing.
“The High Court decision to disallow the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, has put the focus squarely on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality as the majority of Australians want to see," Victorian Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.
The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament and that "Marriage" in s 51(xxi) includes a marriage between persons of the same sex.
“Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced a federal marriage equality bill today,” Ms Pennicuik said.
TRANSPORT (COMPLIANCE AND MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT (ON-THE-SPOT PENALTY FARES) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Liberal Party had a lot to say about fare evasion when it was in opposition, but in government it has achieved very little.
That is because its members persist in using the same old failed model inherited from the Labor Party, involving for the most part bands of randomly roving ticket inspectors. From the government's own fare evasion plan, the so-called Network Revenue Protection Plan, you can easily derive the following numbers: authorised officers or ticket inspectors, who are employees of Metro Trains Melbourne, check about 2 per cent of all tickets -- that is, about 2 per cent of all rides. Of those they check, they issue fines to about 2 per cent of fare evaders, despite the government telling us from other survey methods that fare evasion is much higher, so your chances of being checked by a ticket inspector are extraordinarily low on any given day.