Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sentencing Amendment (Coward's Punch Manslaughter and Other Matters) Bill 2014 amends the Crimes Act 1958 to insert a new section 4A to provide that a single punch or strike delivered to the head or neck of a victim is taken to be a dangerous act for the purposes of unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter. The single punch or strike may be one of a series of punches or strikes. The punch or strike may be the cause of a person's death even if the injury from which the person dies is from an impact to the person's body caused by the punch or strike.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Inquiries Bill 2014 establishes dedicated legislation for setting up royal commissions and other executive inquiries. Victoria is one of the few jurisdictions in Australia without specific legislation for establishing inquiries that can be set up by the executive to varying degrees. In his contribution, Mr Scheffer mentioned the excellent research paper written by Adam Delacorn, a research officer in the parliamentary library. The paper states that following a review as long ago as 2006 the then Victorian Law Reform Committee recommended the enactment of a Victorian royal commissions act. Almost a decade on, we have such legislation before us.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Later today I will be introducing a private members bill, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl and Pigs) and Food Amendment (Free-range Eggs) Bill 2014. This will be the second private members bill I will have introduced in this term of Parliament, the other being the Marriage Equality Bill 2012. My colleagues Greg Barber and Colleen Hartland have also introduced private members bills in this session of Parliament, as we all did in the previous Parliament. As was pointed out last night in the Australasian Study of Parliament Group forum, while private members bills can be introduced into the Legislative Council, it is not clear how they would proceed through to the Assembly if passed in the Council. This is an issue as Parliament should not just be about the legislative agenda of the government of the day.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It is a pleasure to speak on Mr Lenders's motion, which is basically about the fall in student enrolments in government-subsidised training, as outlined in part (4) of the motion. The motion says that 18 300 fewer students completed TAFE courses in 2013 than in 2012 and 45 000 fewer students are enrolled in government-subsidised training in 2014 than in 2012. It also refers to unemployment rates, youth unemployment and even 457 visa workers, which I did not hear Mr Lenders mention in his speech when he moved the motion.
However, I did hear Mr Lenders make several references to policy misadventures.
Prevention Of Crueslty To Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl And Pigs) And Food Amendment (Free-Range Eggs) Bill 201417/09/2014
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That the bill be now read a second time.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl and Pigs) and Food Amendment (Free-range Eggs) Bill 2014 introduces reforms that will improve animal welfare in Victoria.