What's the spend on mobile black spots?

28/05/2014
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My question is for Minister for Technology, Mr Rich-Phillips. The minister has previously spoken in the chamber about the $100 million federal government mobile black spot program. However, in the state budget there is a $40 million program apparently addressing black spots around trains but there is also some mention of bushfires. The clarification I seek is: is the $40 million program meant to be added to black spots targeted in the $100 million program in order to achieve coinvestment, or are the $40 million and the $100 million targeting separate groups to fix additional mobile black spots? 

The budget that nobody bought

28/05/2014
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- It was just a couple of sitting weeks ago that we were invited by the Liberals in this place to reprise the debate that had already occurred in federal Parliament on the carbon tax, so I suppose it is karma that the Liberals in this place are now going to have to run through all the agony that their federal colleagues have been going through as they desperately try to explain what their federal budget is all about. At the same time I get the opportunity to reprise some of the things that my federal Green colleagues have said about the federal budget. It may be that some of the Liberals in this place are secretly hoping that the Greens are successful in knocking off the $7 doctor co-payment -- or call it what it is, a sick tax -- and that is one of the items in Mr Lenders's motion. 

National Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day

28/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I acknowledge that we are meeting on the land of the Wurundjeri people and I pay my respects to their elders, past and present, and acknowledge them as the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. National Reconciliation Week marks two historic events: the 1967 referendum which finally acknowledged the first Australians as citizens of this land and, 25 years later, the 1992 Mabo decision, which put an end to the notion of terra nullius.

Political Donations

28/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That this house calls on the --
(1) Liberal Party, The Nationals and the Australian Labor Party to refrain from accepting political donations from property developers and organisations that are regulated by government or may be affected by government decisions; and
(2) government to introduce legislation to limit political donations to, and expenditure by, political parties and candidates.

West Greens kick off election campaign and open campaign headquarters

The Greens in the Western Suburbs kicked of their 2014 election campaign with a celebration at their newly opened campaign headquarters known as The Greenhouse

"The Greenhouse will be bustling with volunteers right through to the state election on November 29. The Greens continue to be the fastest growing political party and its thanks to our grassroots community support," said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.

"We don't receive multi-million dollar corporate donations, which comes with undue influence on the political process, but we do have the community behind us."

Consumer Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

27/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Given that the government would be unlikely to agree to the removal of clause 39 -- although I have outlined a very persuasive argument for it to do so -- in terms of the regulations accompanying the act I suggest there be a requirement for the motor car trader to verbally draw attention to the effect of the new provision and to make sure verbally when they are carrying out that transaction that the consumer clearly understands the ramifications of what will now be the case if they choose to drive the vehicle away, that they will be waiving those rights. As I said, that is not a good development, nor is it a development in favour of consumer protection.

Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Bill 2014

27/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- As its name suggests, the Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Bill 2014 deals with consequential amendments to the Victoria Police Act 2013, which was passed in this Parliament last year but has not yet come into effect. This bill amends that legislation, which is not yet an act. We are still operating under the Police Regulation Act 1958.

Residents stand up and Stopped the Tip

29/05/2014

Following a strong community campaign, Melton City Council has rejected Boral's application to expand their tip in Deer Park.

Congratulations to all involved. Greens MP Colleen Hartland been involved in community campaigns against waste and contamination issues in the Western Suburbs for 30 years and loves a good win! Some think that they can just dump waste on the West and get away with it. This shows, once again, that the people of the West will stand up for the West and can win! Of course our work continues to clean up the existing site. Read on for Colleen's parliamentary speech:

Investigate poker machine's addictive features

28/05/2014
Colleen Hartland in parliament - calls for an independent inquiry into the addictive features of poker machines. 
 
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. There are a number of features of poker machines that have been recognised internationally and in Australia by considered research as being potentially addictive. There is concern that these features may be instrumental in some people becoming problem gamblers or in exacerbating the addiction of some problem gamblers. The features that have received the most attention for their potential addictiveness include losses disguised as wins, near misses and jackpots.

Greens will increase regional V/Line services by 50% to help country Victorians

The Victorian Greens have committed to increase V/Line coach services by 50% across regional Victoria.

“V/Line coaches are the only form of public transport for most of Victoria’s small towns, yet many routes run so infrequently that they cannot get people where they need to go when they need to get there.

“The lack of services means people rely on cars or just end up stuck with no means of getting to and from major regional centres, or on to Melbourne.