- 20/02/2014Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I have just come to the Parliament on the route 96 tram after visiting this morning's protest against the construction of the government's east-west toll road. There were two dozen police officers at the site guarding one drilling rig from two dozen protesters. With those kinds of ratios, does the government really believe that this project will ever be built if people power is against it?There have been some flaccid attempts to demonise this group of people, but they are just ordinary people standing up for what they believe in to protect what they value. If members would like to visit the protest, they would learn a lot. Just one protester holding up a sign reading 'Toot for trains' is creating a cacophony, with drivers honking their horns in support of this protest.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the increase in prisoner numbers in Victoria in the last 12 months:
(1) Why has there been a 25 per cent increase in Victoria’s female prison population.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In speaking on this bill I would like to begin by acknowledging that in my contribution I follow that of the chair of the inquiry into sexual abuse that was conducted by the Family and Community Development Committee and contained in its report Betrayal of Trust.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2013 concerns what we would describe as a vexed issue -- indeed Mr Lenders described it as a difficult issue. It is certainly one that has exercised the community for some time. The bill is simple. It does not overhaul the current system as outlined in the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which includes a breed-specific or restricted breed system. The bill makes some alterations based on the recommendations of the coroner following the horrific death of Ayen Chol. The report by Coroner Parkinson was handed down on 28 September in 2012.