Inquiry into the Impact of Carbon Tax on Health Services

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan)—I greatly enjoyed my service on this committee, not least of all because I got to work again with Mrs Coote, who will be leaving Parliament soon, so it was my last opportunity to do so. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
We already knew when this committee started the impact of the carbon tax on hospitals—0.1 per cent added to their cost base.

Greens plan for 40 secure bike parking cages

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. 

Napthine should back NSW Libs in support of Renewable Energy Target

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.  

What's the spend on mobile black spots?

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

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


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


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


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


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.