The Greens have today introduced legislation to the Victorian Parliament for one dollar bet limits on the State’s poker machines.
“The Greens are determined to do something meaningful to help problem gamblers and their families,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling, Colleen Hartland.
“A one dollar limit on bets is the cheapest, most effective and most straight forward option for limiting the losses of problem gamblers.”
"Victoria needs a well-funded, public TAFE system. Our proven and respected public TAFEs were built up over decades with taxpayers’ money and have educated hundreds of thousands of Victorians based on the principle of affordable and accessible training for all”, said Victorian Greens education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik .
"Today on National TAFE Day, it is important to draw attention to the damage that is being done to our pubic TAFEs here in Victoria”, Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- According to the explanatory memorandum, the Vexatious Proceedings Bill 2014 introduces a new regime for the management and prevention of vexatious litigation in Victorian courts and tribunals, and aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system by ensuring that unmeritorious litigation is disposed of at an early stage and that persons are prevented from wasting court time with further unmeritorious cases.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- George Brouwer, when he was Director of Police Integrity, noted in his review of the Victoria Police witness protection program published in July 2005 -- almost 9 years ago -- that:
Upholding the criminal law and maintaining civil order depend to a very large extent on the preparedness of witnesses to give evidence in court: if there is no witness, there can generally be no prosecution ... It is a duty of the justice system to protect witnesses; only rarely may they need protection against the ultimate violence of murder, but any intimidated witness, too frightened to speak out fully and truthfully, undermines the cause of justice.