Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Energy and Resources. In a similar vein to a previous adjournment matter, this is about the high-handed and monopolistic behaviour of some of our electricity companies in denying rural businesses and homes the ability to have solar panels connected.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament: My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. My adjournment matter relates to the fire services property levy. Before reform in 2012 the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) received 75 per cent and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) received 77.5 per cent of annual estimated expenditure directly from insurance companies. State and local governments contributed the remaining amount. Insurance companies then recuperated these funds via the fire services levy on insured properties.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament. Along with Mr Pallas, the member for Tarneit in the other house, last week I attend a meeting at Werribee Secondary College to discuss the poor physical condition of the buildings and grounds. I understand from the school that the Minister for Education, Mr Dixon, Mr Elsbury and Mr Finn were invited; unfortunately none of them were able to attend.
I knew there were many problems with the school, but I was shocked at how bad the situation is. The school council outlined the situation for us. There is a substantial drain upon school maintenance funds, as the school has to divert funds from the current educational program, and there are potential safety, occupational health and safety and fire hazards. The urgent need for building works poses a significant risk to student and teacher safety as well as to the general community.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament.
I have decided that the best way for me to start my contribution tonight is to read in full a press statement from the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc. (VALID), dated 25 November. I attended this meeting of family members, carers and people from the sector, which was called by VALID on 11 November.
The press release is headed ‘Cash Grab an Insult’. It begins:
"A meeting of family members representing people residing in DHS-funded group homes has condemned the Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge,MP, for:
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will be somewhat more expansive. I am looking forward to serving on this committee and bringing forth a report card on another aspect of Mr Davis's management of his portfolio -- that is, the very important question of energy use, broader resource use if you like, within the health sector. Of course we will conclude at the end of this inquiry, as we now already know, that the carbon tax itself has raised the cost base to the health sector by 0.1 per cent.
Of all the aspects of managing a modern health system, of all the drivers of cost, of all the challenges of performance, Mr Davis has permitted my committee to conduct an inquiry into one aspect, which is the carbon tax having a 0.1 per cent impact on the cost base.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I will not try to capture the essence of Mr Mandela's leadership. I would be here for many hours and possibly still find myself not up to the task, but it has been touching over recent days to hear people talk about Mr Mandela in one of two ways: one way being what he meant to the world, and the other way being what he meant to them personally.
Colleen Hartland Speech in parliament - while supporting new emergency management governance arrangements, Colleen Hartland has called for the inspector-general for emergency management to be independent, so there is proper accountability in preparation, response and recovery from disasters and there is transparency about successes and shortfalls of governance arrangements. The Government voted against this reform.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—I rise today to make a contribution to the debate on the Emergency Management Bill 2013. I would also like to start by recognising the amazing work of our firefighters, both career and volunteer, and the state emergency services and police for their dedication and the hard work they put in on the ground every day to protect those who find themselves in the midst of a disaster or an emergency. To say they do a fantastic job feels like an understatement, because I do not know whether I could manage to do the kind of work they do.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Mr Hall. Staff of the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) have been trying to get a new collective agreement since 2011. CAE staff are already underpaid compared to those doing the same work elsewhere, and they have not had a pay rise since 2010 as a result of the failure of the CAE board and the state government to come to an agreement with the staff, despite three years of negotiation. The staff have now been on strike since 18 November -- that is, for 11 days. Lately, negotiations between the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and CAE have been progressing to the extent that an in-principle agreement is expected soon, and that will need to be approved by the Department of Treasury and Finance. If that occurs, will the state government move quickly to approve the agreement between the state, CAE and its staff?
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crimes Amendment (Investigation Powers) Bill 2013 does a number of things, mainly by amending the Crimes Act 1958 to clarify destruction requirements relating to DNA samples, profiles and related information under clause 3. The clause focuses on DNA taken from relevant suspects and expands the range of offences for which forensic procedures may be conducted to collect DNA samples from suspects and offenders to include any indictable offence, rather than as currently for specified offences under schedule 8 of the Crimes Act.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I was pleased to see that the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has now approved a wind farm in the Seymour area known as the Cherry Tree project, put together by Infigen Energy. Of course it was not without its difficulties, as every one of the radical anti-wind groups, backed by their mates in the Liberal and The Nationals parties, did everything they could to try to stop this project.
Colleen Hartland motioned the Government to fund the start up costs of homebirth programs in next year's budget and provide state-wide guidelines to hospitals to implement the program. Based on the overwhelming evidence for the programs, the Government was forced to support the motion
Hansard transcript: Colleen Hartland — I move: That this house calls on the Minister for Health, Mr David Davis, MLC, to, as soon as feasible, take the necessary steps to expand public hospital homebirth services including—
(1) committing to fund start-up costs of homebirth programs to hospitals providing maternity services in the next state budget;
(2) developing statewide guidelines and information for health services implementing homebirth services;
(3) developing systems to prospectively collect costing data; and
(4) supporting further research into the safety of homebirth programs and research to compare clinical outcome data associated with low-risk births in different birth settings.
Today,Greens MP Colleen Hartland stood up in question time and called on Matthew Guy, the Minister for Planning, to meet with Moonee Valley City Council. The Minister has agreed to meet with Council.
Council has requested an urgent meeting with state Planning Minister Matthew Guy to discuss potential social, economic and environmental implications of the $8 billion project. Councillor Jim Cusack said the city would be faced with more cars, pollution and flyovers in its neighbourhoods.
Colleen Hartland - Speech in parliament. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at a Plastic Bag Free Yarraville Village event. Plastic Bag Free Yarraville Village is a fantastic little campaign being run by local community members. It is great to see community members taking responsibility and acting to make their neighbourhood a better place. The campaign aims to change Yarraville Village’s ‘bag habits’ by becoming a plastic bag-free community. They aim to achieve this through engaging and educating local schools, traders and community groups. They have been running a petition and have released a Yarraville Village calico bag, the design being that of the winner of a local competition created by the group.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Sunday, 17 November, along with tens of thousands of Australians in capital cities and many regional centres, I attended the National Day of Climate Action, calling on the Australian government to step up action to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. In September this year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth assessment report, which states:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for the Arts. The Victorian Music Library (VML) is a not-for-profit music resource centre managed by volunteers to preserve and provide a collection of sheet music for loan. It is the second-largest sheet music lending library in the world after the one in New York, with a list of more than 80 000 titles.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Clearly this is not the kind of motion the government would like to have presented to the Parliament, but unfortunately for the government on so many of the important, vote-changing issues listed in the motio
Debate resumed from 13 November; motion of Mr BARBER (NorthernMetropolitan):
That this house calls on the government to implement a permanent ban on the exploration or development of unconventional gas fossil fuels across Victoria.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- At first I was sceptical about the reference, as it had already been comprehensively covered by the Australian Productivity Commission inquiry in 2012 and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission in 2011.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On behalf of the Greens, I say that we will support the committee references moved by Mr David Davis in his motion 672. The first part is to refer to the Family and Community Development Committee the issue of social inclusion and Victorians with a disability and for the committee to report by August next year. There are six aspects with regard to that in Mr Davis's motion.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the Liberal and National parties face electoral defeat if they continue to deny climate change.