The announcement today that the state government is going to 'overhaul' the way religion is taught in Victorian primary schools after it was found that volunteers breached its guidelines doesn't go far enough, Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik said.
"There have been complaints about the way special religious education (SRI) is conducted in government schools for years," Ms Pennicuik said. “Not least of the concerns raised by parents, teachers and by me is that SRI is conducted in government schools, using volunteers who are not teachers and using materials that are not accredited by the department.”
The Greens do not support the establishment of a container port at Hastings on Westernport Bay.
Greens MLC Sue Pennicuik says the state government is trying to avoid environmental protection laws in pushing through its Hastings Port proposal.
"The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act, which was introduced by the Labor government, is a way for governments to avoid proper scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of their favourite transport projects," Ms Pennicuik said.
"The Facilitation Act is a way for the state government to avoid complying with Victoria's environmental laws.*
Colleen Hartland - Questions the Minister on the future of National Partnership public health projects. My question is to the Minister for Health. The federal coalition government has announced that it will terminate the national partnership agreement on preventive health effective from July this year. This agreement was to provide $236 million in 2014–15 for initiatives such as community-based healthy lifestyle programs, promoting physical activity and healthy eating for children, health promotion in workplaces and much more. These programs, as the minister would know, are critical for reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases.
Can the minister clarify how much the Victorian government stands to lose from the termination and whether the government will be digging into its surplus to fund the ongoing delivery of these critical programs?
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has announced a plan to install secure bicycle parking at 40 train stations across Melbourne, which will encourage cycling and public transport use while reducing dependence on cars.
Greg Barber said “many train stations across Melbourne have little or no secure bicycle parking, forcing commuters to risk damage or theft to their bike while it is chained to racks, railings or nearby fences.”
“The Greens will invest in 40 secure bicycle parking cages, making it safer and more convenient for more than 1000 cyclists to ride to the train each day.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called on Premier Denis Napthine to back the Renewable Energy Target, which is currently under threat of being watered down by the Federal Government.
"The NSW Premier understands that the Renewable Energy Target is good for the environment and good for jobs. Denis Napthine has too many MPs in his own party room who don't understand the RET, and he won't take them on," Mr Barber said.
"The Premier has no vision and no plan for Victoria's solar and wind industry. Renewables are cheaper, cleaner and smarter, but Dr Napthine is sleepwalking while future industry is under threat.