Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 29 November I attended a commemoration service hosted by Asbestoswise and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for the lives of those touched by asbestos. Australia has the highest reported incidence of asbestos-related disease in the world, including the highest instance of mesothelioma.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Corrections, Mr O'Donohue. It pertains to the plan announced by the government to house minimum-security prisoners in shipping containers -- which I note he did not mention in his answer to the Dorothy Dixer from Mr Elsbury about prison overcrowding -- and plans by Corrections Victoria to operate work camps where rotating teams of minimum-security prisoners will work on conservation and general maintenance projects in regional areas while living in the community for seven days in temporary accommodation, such as vacant community halls. My question to the minister is: is it just a coincidence that these two plans were announced in the same week or are they related, and does it indicate that the majority of the 11 per cent jump in prisoner numbers is occurring in minimum-security prisons?
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I would like to start by quoting Nelson Mandela, who said:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
This quote is on the wall of the foyer of the Australian Education Union's building in Clarendon Street, Southbank.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Owners Corporations Amendment Bill 2013 is a fairly simple bill. It seeks to confirm the intention of the principal act that the annual fees of an owners corporation should be set according to the liability of each member of an owners corporation.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the increase in prisoner numbers in Victoria in the last twelve months:
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament: My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. My adjournment matter relates to the fire services property levy. Before reform in 2012 the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) received 75 per cent and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) received 77.5 per cent of annual estimated expenditure directly from insurance companies. State and local governments contributed the remaining amount. Insurance companies then recuperated these funds via the fire services levy on insured properties.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will be somewhat more expansive. I am looking forward to serving on this committee and bringing forth a report card on another aspect of Mr Davis's management of his portfolio -- that is, the very important question of energy use, broader resource use if you like, within the health sector. Of course we will conclude at the end of this inquiry, as we now already know, that the carbon tax itself has raised the cost base to the health sector by 0.1 per cent.
Of all the aspects of managing a modern health system, of all the drivers of cost, of all the challenges of performance, Mr Davis has permitted my committee to conduct an inquiry into one aspect, which is the carbon tax having a 0.1 per cent impact on the cost base.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will not try to capture the essence of Mr Mandela's leadership. I would be here for many hours and possibly still find myself not up to the task, but it has been touching over recent days to hear people talk about Mr Mandela in one of two ways: one way being what he meant to the world, and the other way being what he meant to them personally.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Energy and Resources. In a similar vein to a previous adjournment matter, this is about the high-handed and monopolistic behaviour of some of our electricity companies in denying rural businesses and homes the ability to have solar panels connected.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament. Along with Mr Pallas, the member for Tarneit in the other house, last week I attend a meeting at Werribee Secondary College to discuss the poor physical condition of the buildings and grounds. I understand from the school that the Minister for Education, Mr Dixon, Mr Elsbury and Mr Finn were invited; unfortunately none of them were able to attend.
I knew there were many problems with the school, but I was shocked at how bad the situation is. The school council outlined the situation for us. There is a substantial drain upon school maintenance funds, as the school has to divert funds from the current educational program, and there are potential safety, occupational health and safety and fire hazards. The urgent need for building works poses a significant risk to student and teacher safety as well as to the general community.