Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Privacy and Data Protection Bill 2014 repeals and subsequently re-enacts many of the existing provisions in the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security Act 2005, which governs the commissioner for law enforcement data.



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Powers of Attorney Bill 2014 consolidates legislative provisions for powers of attorney that currently fall under the Instruments Act 1958 and enduring powers of guardianship currently covered by the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986. The bill implements the majority of the recommendations of the Victorian parliamentary Law Reform Committee inquiry into powers of attorney, the report of which was tabled in Parliament four years ago in August 2010. Mr Scheffer was chair of the committee at the time and has already mentioned that. The report includes 90 recommendations to streamline and simplify the current legislative provisions for powers of attorney and provides guidance on assessing when a person has capacity to make a decision.



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 makes significant amendments to some 20 acts of Parliament and a range of unrelated issues called 'other matters'. A member of the public reading the title of the bill -- Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 -- would not get a very good idea as to what the bill is actually about. The bill also makes a raft of consequential amendments to a large number of acts.



Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crime Statistics Bill 2014 establishes a new body or agency to collect and publish crime statistics, which effectively removes that function from the police. This is something the Greens have been calling for for a long time, alongside the need for an independent body to oversee prisons and custodial facilities in Victoria and an independent agency to investigate deaths as a result of police conduct. We are still waiting on those.

Q: 10496 Police and Emergency Services: Firearms


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):

(1)   How many, and what type of firearms were imported into Victoria in 2013.
(2)   How many, and what type of firearms were manufactured in Victoria in 2013.

Q: 10495 Parole Breaches


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections:  
In relation to breaches of parole that have led to imprisonment in the last 12 months:

(1)   What percentage of imprisonments were due to the commission of a criminal offence.
(2)   What percentage of imprisonments were due to a breach of a term or condition of parole.

Q: 10494 Prisoner Population


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections:

Will a data collection system be put in place that will be able to record the impact on the prisoner population by -

(a)   the abolition of suspended sentences and home detention;
(b)   the introduction of minimum and baseline sentencing options;
(c)   denied bail applications; and
(d)   refusal of parole.

Q: 10493 Community Services: Child Protection


MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services):  
In relation to Koori children in child protection:

(1)   Why is there a distinction between kinship carers and foster carers for the rate of remuneration so that kinship carers are only eligible for the base rate of remuneration and need to satisfy exceptional circumstances for an adjustment of reimbursement.

(2)   Does the training for kinship carers include training on trauma, and, if so, what is the content and duration of such training.

World War I centenary


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This week marks the commencement 100 years ago of World War I. The total casualties of World War I were 37 million -- over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded. The total number of deaths included 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. About 6 million military personnel of the Allies were lost, and about 4 million of the Central Powers.

Question without Notice: Live music venues


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question without notice is to the Minister for Planning, and it is in regard to the announcement regarding live music and the agent of change principle -- that is, a new provision and practice note due, according to the live music action agenda, in August-September. Can the minister provide details of the particular provision and practice note and how these will be enforced in practice?

Jumps Racing petitions


Jumps racing
To the Legislative Council of Victoria:

The petition of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses draws to the attention of the house the decision on 21 January 2010 of Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) to grant a reprieve to jumps racing in Victoria if it meets conditions set by RVL.

Horses in Victoria suffer horrific injuries and die while participating in this so-called 'sport'. Jumps racing (which is illegal under NSW animal cruelty legislation) has a long history of deaths and injuries of horses from falls. The 2009 season was particularly bad resulting in the deaths of 10 horses despite numerous reviews and modifications. Many more horses sustain injuries and fail to reappear.

The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council of Victoria call on the Minister for Racing to intervene and end steeplechase and hurdle racing (jumps racing) in Victoria.

For Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) by Mr BARBER (532 signatures).

Laid on table.

Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Bill 2014 is an interesting bill. Clause 3 abolishes the offence of defensive homicide. This has engendered mixed views among stakeholders. On balance the majority of stakeholders do not support the abolition of the offence of defensive homicide, because of the need to ensure that women who kill their partners within the context of family violence -- based on a reasonable belief that they need to do so in order to prevent their own death or serious injury -- are not convicted of murder; on balance the majority of stakeholders believe that the offence of defensive homicide should be retained.

Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill we have before us, the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014, amends the Sentencing Act 1991 to provide for baseline sentences for a number of indictable offences, including murder, culpable driving, trafficking in large quantities of drugs and three offences regarding sexual abuse of children. It also amends the Crimes Act 1958 to fix the baseline sentences for those offences. It also amends the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 with regard to the offence of trafficking a large quantity of drugs of dependence.

Working With Children Amendment (Ministers of Religion and Other Matters) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens are supportive of the Working with Children Amendment (Ministers of Religion and Other Matters) Bill 2014.

The main purpose of the bill is to amend the Working with Children Act 2005 to provide for the protection of children to be the paramount consideration when administering the act.

As the minister outlined in his second-reading speech, that is because the High Court has ruled that if there is to be an overriding purpose, it needs to be explicitly stated in the act. Of course everybody in the community would agree that the protection of children should be the paramount concern of the Working with Children Act 2005.

Let solar citizens have their share

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr Northe. May 2014 was the hottest May since records have been kept. It was also the 351st consecutive month of above-average temperatures when measured on a global level. If I flipped a coin 351 times and got 351 heads, I would know there was something wrong with that coin. It is pretty clear to anybody -- it should certainly be clear to the minister -- that global warming is happening, and it is happening because of human activity. In the meantime the development of the solar energy industry in Victoria, which certain members of the government purport to have some fondness for, is being held back by the annoying and pernicious red tape that is put in the way of ordinary citizens and in some cases businesses putting solar panels on their roofs. 

Fines, Bills and vulnerable victims

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Greens certainly concur with the last few remarks made by the spokesperson from the opposition. It is for those reasons -- the wide-ranging nature of the bill, its complexity, the sensitivity of the reforms and their impact on some of our most vulnerable groups -- that the Greens believe the Fines Reform Bill 2014 could do with some further scrutiny. Apparently it zipped through the lower house with very little scrutiny, but our suggestion is that a bill of this nature, which, as Ms Mikakos pointed out, is not due to enter into force until next year anyway, could be scrutinised by the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee. We have a referral motion to that effect. 

Dollar Bet safety standards on Pokies - Greens Bill introduced

Colleen Hartland Speech in Parliament
The Greens are committed to limiting the harm of gambling through evidence-based solutions.
Problem gambling is taking an enormous toll on Victorian families and our health system.
The financial stress causes family breakdown, drives people to crime, and can result in job loss. Depression and suicide are some of the worst impacts.
Many people enjoy a punt, but that is all it should be— a game, a bit of entertainment.
When people can lose thousands of dollars an hour on pokies, something needs to be done to limit the losses and the harm pokies can cause.
Up to 80 per cent of problem gambling is caused by poker machines, which are designed by the gambling industry to be highly addictive and to maximise losses.

Melbourne Market Bill paves smooth path for East West toll road

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am at a loss as to why it was that the decision was taken to move wholesale fruit and vegetable marketing from its central position at the port, with access to good infrastructure, to potential future rail freight development and of course to the increasingly important aspect of fresh fruit and vegetable and other rural commodity exports. It is now to be exiled to a location on an outer ring-road where in future we know, amongst other problems, the market will be totally dependent on road freight for its logistics. However, the bill before us is not intended to unscramble that omelette. That decision was taken by the Labor Party long ago, and this simply cleans up a number of aspects of that transition. 

Yes, even Palmer gets it

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- If even Clive Palmer gets it, you have to wonder what is wrong with the Victorian Liberal Party. At a joint press conference with former US Vice-President Al Gore, Mr Palmer noted that $415 billion of investment and 18 400 jobs were at risk if the renewable energy target were to be scrapped -- a subject which received some debate here in the Parliament yesterday. Hopefully the Liberal Party can now get over it and learn to live with the renewable energy target. 

Coalition votes against clean energy future for Victoria

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Consistency: let us have more of it. It is true that voters, even though they might not subscribe to every one of a particular party's policies, nevertheless recognise consistency when they see it. Government members themselves are quite consistent, in a way. They are consistent in substituting known industry information with Institute of Public Affairs talking points. 
They are consistent in relying on the minister's cheat sheet, which is now a couple of weeks out of date, even though the federal government's own modelling now contradicts the material that is in it. They are consistent in making overblown claims about the cost of wind farm construction on roads.