Mr BARBER -- In combination with our climate crisis, we now have the crisis of being a state in economic recession, and you only need to visit the Premier's electorate to see it.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My question is for Mr Hall, the representative in this house of the Minister for Energy and Resources, and it relates to Minister O'Brien's press release of Thursday, 4 October 2012, titled 'Victorian coalition government commits $10 million to large-scale solar project'. This relates to a series of developments planned -- initially 1.5 megawatts but getting larger -- with a total Victorian government commitment of $50 million in the Mildura area. Before committing such a large amount of funds I am sure the government would have undertaken an analysis of the economic viability of the project.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder. I was recently contacted by a constituent with a complaint about the operation of bus services under contract with the Department of Transport by Melbourne Bus Link, particularly bus routes 216, 219 and 220. The complaint concerned a bus service operated by Melbourne Bus Link on Saturday, 26 January 2013, that did not adhere to the time for that service that was advertised on the timetable in the bus shelter. In short, although my constituent arrived prior to the scheduled time he nevertheless missed his bus. Subsequently he checked the timetable on the Public Transport Victoria website, which showed the 'normal' timetable as displayed at the bus stop and failed to indicate any special holiday arrangements for the day.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Corrections Amendment Bill 2012 has 50 clauses and makes quite a range of changes to the principal act, the Corrections Act 1986. In his second-reading speech the Minister for Corrections, Mr McIntosh, stated that the bill:
... will amend the Corrections Act 1986 to implement a range of reforms to the delivery of correctional services by strengthening the governance framework underpinning the prison and community corrections systems.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) (By leave) -- On behalf of the Greens, I would like to congratulate Denis Napthine on his elevation to the office of Premier and also pay our respects to Ted Baillieu for the work he did as Premier.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mr Ryan, and it relates to the enforcement of traffic rules on the Canning Street bike path in Carlton, which is Melbourne's busiest bike path, particularly where it crosses Princes Street. VicRoads' statistics indicate that nearly 2400 bicycles a day used the intersection last year, which is up from about 1600 bicycles a day in 2006. The problem we have at that intersection is that cars are continuously entering and blocking the intersection in a way that is against the Victorian road rules. In fact it is an offence under section 128 of the Road Safety Road Rules 2009:
... A driver must not enter an intersection if the driver cannot drive through the intersection because the intersection, or a road beyond the intersection, is blocked. Penalty: 3 penalty units.
I have been to this intersection and checked it out for myself, and that offence is occurring at nearly every change of the lights.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That this house requires the Leader of the Government to table in the Legislative Council on Tuesday, 19 March 2013, a copy of the Department of Transport's Network Revenue Protection Plan for the 2012-13 financial year.
This is a motion requesting the tabling in the house of a document known as the Network Revenue Protection Plan for the current financial year. Earlier versions of this document have been tabled in the house before with no dissent and seemingly little difficulty. This is the document in which the government and the public transport operators lay down their plans for action on fare evasion, and it contains some data on past performance. Of course that very question of fare evasion and ticketing and so forth is a matter of very live debate.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It was great to see Bob Brown on the front page of the new-look Age yesterday in a story by Adam Morton about how the campaign to save the Franklin River was won. The article states that Bob was:
Overlooking the site of the Franklin blockade for the first time in five years ... While he believes the public's concern about the environment is greater than ever, the political value placed on untouched areas far from where most Australians live ...
is difficult to maintain. He is quoted as saying:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) (By leave)
That the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 be disallowed.
In moving the motion I state at the outset that the new regulations do not achieve their stated aims, which are the sustainable and equitable management of game resources, humane and safe hunting, and competency and accountability.
I move the motion to disallow the Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2012 because they do not achieve these aims and in fact are counterproductive to those aims.
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber told Parliament this morning that Victoria's crisis is not leadership, but climate and economic recession.
"Despite the Abbott-esque rhetoric from the opposition about an 'illegitimate Premier', this is our parliamentary system working as normal. The people elect a parliament, the parliament finds confidence in a government of ministers and we all get on with job. I congratulate our new Premier and like all Victorians, I'm hoping he can turn his position of leadership into some actual leadership," said Greg Barber MLC in Parliament this morning.