Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- According to the explanatory memorandum, the Vexatious Proceedings Bill 2014 introduces a new regime for the management and prevention of vexatious litigation in Victorian courts and tribunals, and aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system by ensuring that unmeritorious litigation is disposed of at an early stage and that persons are prevented from wasting court time with further unmeritorious cases.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- George Brouwer, when he was Director of Police Integrity, noted in his review of the Victoria Police witness protection program published in July 2005 -- almost 9 years ago -- that:
Upholding the criminal law and maintaining civil order depend to a very large extent on the preparedness of witnesses to give evidence in court: if there is no witness, there can generally be no prosecution ... It is a duty of the justice system to protect witnesses; only rarely may they need protection against the ultimate violence of murder, but any intimidated witness, too frightened to speak out fully and truthfully, undermines the cause of justice.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Karin Geradts was a very special person who deeply touched the lives of those around her. Karin was a loving mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunty, cousin, teacher, mentor and dear friend to so many people. Karin was a primary school teacher, and the dozens of tributes to her from her current and former students are a testament to her inspiring, passionate and caring style of teaching. She was also a teacher to all who knew her -- teaching by example and with love how to be more honest, generous and brave, as she was.
... we said: 'We're going to charge you if you're releasing this stuff into the atmosphere, but we're going to let you figure out -- with the marketplace and with the technology' how best to mitigate it. But 'you can't keep dumping it out in the atmosphere and making everybody else pay for it. So if there's one thing I would like to see, it'd be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions.