Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Karin Geradts was a very special person who deeply touched the lives of those around her. Karin was a loving mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunty, cousin, teacher, mentor and dear friend to so many people. Karin was a primary school teacher, and the dozens of tributes to her from her current and former students are a testament to her inspiring, passionate and caring style of teaching. She was also a teacher to all who knew her -- teaching by example and with love how to be more honest, generous and brave, as she was.
... we said: 'We're going to charge you if you're releasing this stuff into the atmosphere, but we're going to let you figure out -- with the marketplace and with the technology' how best to mitigate it. But 'you can't keep dumping it out in the atmosphere and making everybody else pay for it. So if there's one thing I would like to see, it'd be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says that the performance of regional V/Line train services remains at an unacceptably low level.
"The monthly release of V/Line performance data has revealed on-time running performance is down again and remains below the target for punctuality, which isn't very good anyway,” Mr Barber said.
"A short haul trip can be five minutes late and a long haul trip ten minutes late while still being deemed 'on time'. That standard is not good enough when you are trying to get to work, an appointment, or make a connection with another public transport service."
The Victorian Greens have called on the Napthine Government to provide decent wages to Community Health workers after three years of failed enterprise agreement negotiations.
Today in parliament, Greens MP Colleen Hartland called on the Napthine Government to provide funding to settle the wage dispute.
“Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Podiatrists that work in Community Health are the worst paid workers in their respective disciplines in any public or private workplace in any state in Australia,” Said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens spokesperson on health.
The Greens have joined Commission of Inquiry Now (COIN) in calling on the Napthine Government to lay out its plans and timelines for redress of the victims of child sex abuse.
Today in parliament, Greens MP Colleen Hartland, will call on the Napthine Government to provide response to the Betray of Trust Recommendations relating to redress for the victims of child sex abuse.
“The Betrayal of Trust report provided sound recommendations on redress for victims. We must act on these without delay,” said Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens Spokesperson on Children.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Attorney-General. Recent media reports have highlighted that the Victorian systemic review of family violence deaths has only produced one report in five years, despite the fact that each year in Victoria approximately 40 per cent of all deaths attributed to homicide involve intimate partners and other family members.
In the recent Coroners Court annual report it was reported that from 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2013, 97 of the total of 254 determined and suspected homicides were classified as having an apparent relevance to the Victorian systemic review of family violence deaths. Yet despite the many cases that need analysing, the unit has been reduced to just one part-time worker specific to family violence since yearly funding attached to the review program was axed in 2010.