Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The matter I raise tonight is for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. It is in regard to the recent decision taken by the Chief Commissioner of Police to disband Victoria Police Showband and the Code One rock band and to civilianise the Victoria Police Pipe Band. I must say that I was very surprised to hear about that decision. I note that this matter has been raised by Ms Allan, the member for Bendigo East in the other place, and this morning by Mr Eideh by way of a members statement.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the state government logging company VicForests is a financial loser and should be shut down.
"They've just tabled their annual report and it's clear that if this was a private company, the shareholders would have dumped it," said Greg Barber
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Consumer Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, which is before us now, amends six acts, including the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012, the Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013, the Estate Agents Act 1980 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, and makes some minor amendments to the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Open Courts Bill 2013 essentially consolidates the general statutory powers of the Supreme, County, Magistrates and Coroners courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to make suppression orders and open-court orders.
FIRE SERVICES LEVY MONITOR AMENDMENT (ENSURING FAIR AND EQUITABLE LEVIES) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The lead speaker for the government, Mr Davis, I think described the Fire Services Property Levy Act 2012 as the most significant piece of state tax reform in 30 years. As on so many matters, I find myself in total agreement with Mr Davis. It is pretty pathetic, though, is it not, if this is the biggest state tax reform we have had in 30 years when the case for state tax reform is absolutely massive? That has been laid out not only in the Henry review but also in an earlier Victorian review of state taxation that may have even arisen under the Kennett government or perhaps in the early days of the Bracks government. I do not have it to hand.
The Greens supported this particular piece of state taxation reform because it met the criteria of efficiency and equity that we all strive for in seeking to design good ways of collecting tax. When we voted for the original legislation the Greens were certainly well aware that in almost every single case the financial outcome for each individual would be different. There was an inevitability in this. Given that we were shifting from a levy included in insurance policies to a tax based on property value, there would be a slightly different outcome for almost every single taxpayer.
RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT (HOUSING STANDARDS) BILL 2013
Second reading speech
That the bill be now read a second time.
Nearly every product on the market has to meet a set of standards, from food to cars to computers.
This bill extends a level of protection to renters for the biggest purchase they make each month -- their rent -- by providing for a set of basic standards that all private rental dwellings must meet.
The housing minister will set the standards by regulation, which means they may be upgraded as new housing and energy efficiency policies are implemented.
Colleen Hartland speech in parliament: In the inner west we have more than 21 000 trucks travelling on our residential streets every day. This is where people live and where children go to school, child care and kindergarten. It is where people walk to the train station or the local shops, and it is where residents must share the roads with these trucks. Despite the increasing numbers of trucks on these residential streets, this government has done nothing to progress solutions which we know will take these trucks off residential streets, in turn making them safe.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says that Labor and the Liberals have no commitment to building Doncaster Rail, after a vote in Victorian state parliament yesterday.
"I moved a motion that funds for development of Doncaster Rail be immediately allocated. In the debate. Labor said they were in 'two minds' about the project, but voted for my motion anyway. The Libs now say the project, which they promised to build at the 2010 election, is now decades away," said Greg Barber
"I thought we were making progress on Doncaster Rail, when the Liberals backed our policy at the last state election. Now I can see we are going to have to fight it all over again at next years election," said Mr Barber
DONCASTER RAIL LINE
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I move:
That this house calls on the Napthine government to immediately allocate funding for development of the Doncaster rail line.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr Kotsiras, and it relates to some of the behaviour of the private monopoly power companies and the way they are treating people who want to connect their solar panels to the grid. I have in front of me 22 different instances where Powercor in western Victoria has either required downsizing or in some cases completely refused to allow homes and rural businesses to connect solar panels. In Warrenheip we have an application for a 30 kilowatt-system that was approved for 15 kilowatts. In Invermay an application for 8 kilowatts was refused in total. In Rockbank an application for an 8 kilowatt-system was downsized to 3 kilowatts. In Amphitheatre an application for 6 kilowatts was downsized to 1.5 kilowatts.