East West Link benefits who?


Mr TEE (Eastern Metropolitan)—I welcome the opportunity to move:
   That this house—
     (1) notes that the business case for the proposed east–west link, ordered by the resolution of the Council on 11 December 2013 to be tabled in the Council by 19 February 2014, has not been received by the Council;
     (2) notes the letter of 19 February 2014 from the Minister for Roads in response to the Council’s resolution did not include the business case or any commitment to release the business case;
     (3) affirms the privileges, immunities and powers conferred on the Council pursuant to section 19 of the Constitution Act 1975;
     (4) affirms the need to protect the high standing of Parliament and to ensure that the Council may properly discharge its duties and responsibilities; and
     (5) requires the Leader of the Government to table by 6May 2014 a copy of the business case for the proposed east–west link.


Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- When Mr Tee finished talking about how bad the proposed east-west toll road will be I was even more convinced than I was before hearing him that this is a bad project for Victoria. What I am not sure about is why, if he can articulate so clearly how this project will not stack up environmentally, socially or economically, he would want to build it.

Dangerous Dogs Control


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the motion put forward by Mr Lenders. It is timely that the whole regime to deal with preventing dog attacks and dealing with so-called dangerous dogs or menacing dogs or threatening dogs or specific breeds in legislation et cetera as a whole be looked at. The laws that are in place under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 have been in place for quite a while. Amendments to that act have been put in place by the previous government and by this government, and just recently, in December, there were some more amendments made as a result of the coronial inquiry into the death of Ayen Chol.

Duck Hunting


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 15 March I attended the opening of the duck shooting season at Lake Elizabeth near Kerang in northern Victoria. While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers were very focused on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.

Sadly, over the course of the morning we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers appeared to be present.

Australian Formula One Grand Prix


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That this house notes that --

(1) costs to Victorian taxpayers of staging the Formula One grand prix in Albert Park have been mounting since 1996;

(2) when first elected the government stated that the taxpayer subsidy was too high and that the event would not be continued unless costs came down;

(3) the government has refused to carry out a proper cost-benefit analysis of the event as recommended by the Auditor-General's office in 2007, or required the event to collect accurate attendance figures despite the huge taxpayer subsidy it receives; and

calls on the government to ensure that the grand prix is not staged in Victoria beyond the expiration of the current contract in 2015.

Footscray Primary students shine on Ride2School day


Ride to School with Greens MP Colleen Hartland

Last week I joined the students and staff at Footscray Primary School for National Ride2School Day.

It was a wonderful morning, with the kids full of energy after their ride and wearing the most elaborate and wonderfully decorated helmets.

I congratulate Footscray Primary School on participating in this event. It shows that the school knows the value of active transport and the benefits it brings to the students. A special thanks to Chris Wilson, the health and physical education teacher, and well done to all the children for riding to school and in their amazingly decorated helmets. I was impressed with the skill and creativity demonstrated by the children and it was a pleasure to be part of the event. 

Greens work to secure human rights in the new Mental Health Act


Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament regading the Mental Health Bill 2014

Forty-five per cent of Australians will experience mental ill health at some stage in their lives, and we need a mental health system that can support people with mental illness to live full and healthy lives. The Greens strongly welcome the introduction of a new act to govern the treatment of people with mental illness. The current act was developed in 1986 and is well out of date with respect to modern thinking on mental health. We are pleased to see the shift towards a human rights approach where mental health services are obliged to provide the least restrictive assessment and treatment and where patients receiving mental health services are involved in all decisions about their care. We see this bill as a step forward.

Education And Training Reform Amendment (Registration Of Early Childhood Teachers And Victorian Institute Of Teaching) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Registration of Early Childhood Teachers and Victorian Institute of Teaching) Bill 2014 makes a number of amendments mainly with regard to early childhood teachers and membership of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) council and the establishment of a registry of disciplinary action (RODA), all administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. It also makes amendments regarding criminal history checks and mandatory reporting. Those are amendments to the Child Employment Act 2003.

Commercial roo cull is bad competitor to honest farming

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber is pledging to fight to reverse the decision to introduce commercial kangaroo culling to Victoria.
"The Napthine government is giving in to pressure from the National Party," said Greg Barber MLC
"This will undermine Victoria's legitimate livestock industry.  Livestock farmers go to great lengths to comply with animal welfare, meat quality and safety, but this gives them a new competitor who doesn't have to meet the same standards."  

More protected species massacred on opening weekend of the duck shooting season

Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC, attended the opening of the duck shooting season, at Lake Elizabeth, near Kerang in northern Victoria.

“While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, I was glad to see DEPI officers present to ensure the safety of the large number of swans that were there. Every year, we see swans illegally shot and left on the water to die,” Ms Pennicuik said. “The officers, however, seemed more focussed on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.”

“Sadly, over the course of the morning, we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few DEPI officers appeared to be present.

Minister fails to explain his approval of controversial Chapel St high rise

“Planning Minister Matthew Guy has failed to explain or account for his intervention to allow two high rise towers of 69 and 94 metres when the height preferred for the Forrest Hill precinct under Stonnington Council planning scheme is 38 metres,” Greens MP for Southern Metropolitan Region Sue Pennicuik said in moving a motion in state parliament this week to disallow the Minister's amendment to the Stonnington planning scheme.