• Private members bills


    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.

  • Employment


    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 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.

  • Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Workers) Bill 2014


    Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Workers) Bill 2014 is one of a suite of bills the government has introduced into this Parliament that bring the concept of baseline sentencing, minimum sentencing or mandatory sentencing into the sentencing regime in Victoria.

    This bill will amend the Sentencing Act 1991 and the Crimes Act 1958 to provide for statutory minimum custodial sentences for certain offences committed against emergency workers, including intentionally or recklessly causing injury, gross violence, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, or intentionally or recklessly causing injury, in which case the court must not impose a term of imprisonment of less than six months. All of these statutory minimums will apply unless a special reason exists under section 10A of the Sentencing Act.

  • Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession And Surrogacy) Bill 2014


    Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Bill 2014 amends five acts. It amends the Administration and Probate Act 1958, the Wills Act 1997 and the Trustee Companies Act 1984 with regard to succession law and makes a minor amendment to the Status of Children Act 1974 and the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 with regard to surrogacy and the registration of a child. That particular amendment enables the commissioning parents of a child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement to obtain an order for registration on the surrogate birth register where they have obtained a corresponding parentage order in another Australian state or territory recognising them as the parents of the child.