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) -- 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.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This Sunday, 23 February, will be the fourth anniversary of the Save Live Australia's Music (SLAM) rally, when 20 000 people march from the State Library of Victoria to Parliament House in support of live music and to protest against the blanket security conditions that have been imposed on live music venues.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will not be supporting Mr Davis's motion either. I would agree with many of the comments made by Mr Lenders that it does not seem to me to be an effective way to carry out the business of the house.
Latrobe Valley fires
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan)—In relation to the answer that the Minister for Health has just given to the previous question, is that really it?
Mr O’Brien—Is that really it?
Mr BARBER—Oh, the member for Lowan! Is that really all the government is offering to protect the health of some tens of thousands of citizens in the Latrobe Valley? Will the minister consider offering measures such as the following: tests of indoor air quality in the homes and buildings of those who are already considered vulnerable; relocation allowances for those who cannot afford to simply take a couple of weeks off and leave the valley; in-home health checks—preferably free—for those who are being affected; time off for government workers; compensation for economic losses; or perhaps some money for the out-of-pocket costs of the medications that asthmatics and others will now be using to a considerable extent?
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament regarding the government legilsation on voluntary pre-committment on pokie machines.
The Greens will oppose the bill because it is completely useless. There is no basis, there is no evidence, that a non-binding, partial precommitment system on pokies will be effective in reducing losses amongst problem gamblers. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) report titled Counting the Cost—Inquiry into the Costs of Problem Gambling released in October 2012 found that gambling addiction costs our state between $1.5 billion and $2.8 billion each year.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support this motion to change the standing orders to assist committees to take evidence from people who are not present in the room. They may have valuable evidence but be in another part of the city of Melbourne, another part of the state of Victoria, another part of the country or in another country. This is going to make it much easier for witnesses and more valuable for the committees.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. On this auspicious occasion of the happy second birthday of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, perhaps it could give Victoria's children a birthday present. On my regular travels on the Sandringham line I have noticed a lot of ads on the insides of doors of trains and also above the windows of trains. I have taken some photos of those ads. One ad is headed 'LMAO -- Looks mightyattractive odds', and it sends you to a website, ladbrokes.com.au. If you go to the website, you see it gives you 28 sports that you can bet on. Why is this advertising allowed on public transport, where children travel daily?
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament.
In light of the January 2014 heatwave that led to over 100 deaths across Victoria, Colleen Hartland has called for the government to take heatwaves more seriously. In parliamnet she motioned for a review of the government's heatwave planning, saying heatwaves deserve a whole of government emergency response, similar to that of bushfires.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) Speech:
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning on behalf of the Minister for Roads.
We all know that kids and trucks do not mix. I wholeheartedly support the community campaign by residents in the inner west and the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group to extend the truck curfews to include school crossing times on Somerville Road.
More than 2000 trucks travel Somerville Road every day. Kingsville Primary School and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School are located on this road, and a number of kindergartens are less than 100 metres from the road. These huge numbers of diesel-spewing trucks are impacting the health of our children and posing significant safety concerns.
Speech Ms HARTLAND —
Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of attending a number of Midsumma Festival events in the western suburbs.
There have been a range of events, such as the launch of WEST AND PROUD, which documents the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) heritage and culture. The website is quite interesting. It showcases a number of short films about the history of queer life in the west as well as a historical timeline of significant milestones. The personal stories brought to life via film navigate broad territory, from coming out stories to gender transitioning, same-sex parenting and beyond. WEST AND PROUD is a joint venture between RMIT University social work students and Hobsons Bay City Council.
Colleen Hartland questioned the Minister for Health in parliament regarding providing funding for frontline agencies to respond to heatwaves. The Minister responded by indicating funding would not be provided and saying that heatwaves should not be confused with the esoteric debate about climate change.
SUSTAINABLE FORESTS (TIMBER) AND WILDLIFE AMENDMENT BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- This bill has nothing at all to do with people who want to protest against logging operations by standing in front of bulldozers, as I have been known to do from time to time. We already have laws against that. This bill does something quite different.
In fact this bill targets people who go into a forest with no intention of protesting in the way that Mr Ramsay has suggested they do. He needs to read his own bill and he needs to understand it.
ENERGY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (GENERAL) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am very saddened to hear that the members of the Labor and Liberal parties think that the kind of minor level tinkering contained in this bill is up to the job of addressing the crisis in energy affordability that has been ongoing for a number of years now.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT (PERFORMANCE REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY) BILL 2013
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the bill. After consulting the relevant local government representative bodies it appears there is no great disquiet about the bill across the sector. In fact in a lot of cases, including of course in progressive councils like the City of Yarra, these measures have already been introduced.