Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament. My adjournment matter today is for the attention of the Minister for Housing.
The Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program (SHASP) provides support to public housing tenants to prevent homelessness. It helps households to maintain their tenancy in situations where there is a risk of it breaking down. Since its operation began in 2006, it has been a remarkable success, reducing eviction rates by half and thus preventing homelessness for thousands of individuals and families. Despite this fantastic record, funding to SHASP has been cut from $7.4 million in 2011-12 to $5.8 million in 2012-13 and $4.7 million in 2013-14.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament regarding the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2013. This bill seems familiar to me, and indeed it is. Many of the elements of this bill are very similar to my recent Tobacco Amendment (Smoking in Outdoor Areas) Bill 2012, which the government voted against. There is one gaping difference between the two bills: the government has once again failed to include a ban on smoking in alfresco drinking and dining areas. This year the Victorian government won the Dirty Ashtray Award primarily for its failure to ban smoking in outdoor areas and also for failing to introduce new reforms. While the reforms introduced by this bill address the latter concern, the most glaring example of inaction remains.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament. Yesterday I had the honour of attending the memorial service for Lesley Hall. Many people may know Lesley as a fierce warrior for people in the disability community. Lesley had lived with a lifelong disability that she never allowed to get in her way.
It is a week now since Lesley died very suddenly and unexpectedly, and in remembering her I kept thinking about an amazing photo, which I will just hold up; people can come and have a look at it later if they want to. Lesley was one of those disabled women who challenged Yooralla in the early 1980s over the issues of the Miss Victoria beauty quest. She was the bold woman who stood on the stage and forced Yooralla to actually look at the way they were treating disabled people. She has been pivotal in advocacy for the national disability insurance scheme.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Corrections, Ed O'Donohue. It is no secret that there is serious overcrowding in the state's prisons and holding cells in the courts and police stations, which is resulting in accused persons not attending court and health and safety issues for all concerned in the prisons, courts and police stations. On 17 May I wrote to the minister asking whether Corrections Victoria had produced any reports or papers regarding the capacity of the greater use of community correction orders to reduce demand in the corrections system without any risk to the community. The minister responded on 9 July, but did not answer the question. I wrote to him again on 13 August requesting this information, but so far I have had no response.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In speaking on the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 I will first note that today is the last day of this year's WorkSafe Week, which ran from 21 to 31 October.
Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has accused the government of hiding the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2013 consultation findings and will today propose amendments to reflect best practice smoking reform.
The Victorian government has refused to publicly release the findings and the 7824 submissions from the consultation process for the Bill despite repeated requests from Ms Hartland.
Colleen Hartland has proposed amendments to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas as well as extending the ban on smoking during children’s sporting events to include 30 minutes before and after the match.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I wish to speak tonight on the Victorian Ombudsman's report entitled A section 25(2) report concerning the constitutional validity of aspects of Victoria's new integrity legislation of October 2013. This report should be of concern to everyone here and to all Victorians, as the Ombudsman warns us that legal advice provided to him by Mr Eamonn Moran, QC, asserts that the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (IALAA) is inconsistent with the Victorian constitution, and that this inconsistency causes the entire IALAA to be invalid. The Ombudsman states that the result of this invalidity is that:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last Wednesday I joined a packed room at the Frankston civic centre for the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Frankston round table of the Western Port Biosphere region's webcast '24 hours of reality -- the cost of carbon'.
Ms PENNICUIK -- On another matter, last Friday I was pleased to attend the commemoration of the Victorian state apology for former forced adoption policies and practices and celebration of the launch of the statewide workforce capacity development project.