Greens will legislate on redress for child sex abuse victims

The Greens announced their plan to introduce legislation for redress for child sex abuse victims ahead of tonight's forum on inaction on the Betrayal of Trust report*.

“If the Greens do not see action on redress for victims by the next government by June 2015, we will introduce legislation ourselves,” said Greens spokesperson on community services Colleen Hartland.

The Napthine Government has indicated that it may wait for the outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which could be years away, before acting on redress recommendations made in the Betrayal of Trust report.

“The Greens will not sit idle while a government of any persuasion delays action on institutional child sex abuse victims,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson for children, Colleen Hartland.

Greens announce Victorian Cash for Containers election commitment

The Greens will announce their plan to clean up Victoria with a 10c Cash for Container scheme.
 
“A Cash for Containers scheme will reduce litter and improve the natural environment, create jobs and reduce climate pollution,” said Victorian Greens spokesperson on waste management, Colleen Hartland.
 
“We all want a clean, healthy environment. But currently our streets, creeks, and beaches are littered with drink bottles, cans and cartons. We can stop rubbish before it hits the ground with a 10c refund scheme.”

Lib and Lab choose pokies over people - problem gambling harm to continue

 
Victorian Greens gambling spokesperson Colleen Hartland says that both the Coalition and Labor voting down the Greens Pokies Bill today shows they care more for their political donors than the Victorian people.
 
Both Labor and the Coalition voted against the Greens Dollar Bet limits Bill today in the Victorian Parliament. 
 
"It's a sad day for families affected by problem gambling,"said Victorian Greens spokesperson on gambling Colleen Hartland.
 
"The Napthine Government is addicted to gambling revenue and beholden to the lobby groups who donate hundreds of thousands to the Victorian Liberal party, and Labor isn't too far behind.”

Government delays smokefree health reform by 2 years: Greens

Smokefree diningThe Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland has accused the government of playing politics with people's health by delaying smokefree health reforms by two years.

"We know banning smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas works to reduce smoking and Victoria is the only state that has not already made it law," said Victorian Greens health spokesperson Colleen Hartland.

"The government’s refusal to support the Greens smokefree bill*, and now announcing their own plan, is playing politics with people's health. This political game playing has delayed this important health reform by two years."

Western Suburbs community will fight for Trains not Tollways: Greens

The Greens have issued a warning to the government that the people of the Western Suburb will fight for Trains not Tollways in response to today's announcement that tenders have been called for the Westlink tollroad.

"The people of the Western Suburbs don’t want this dirty polluting tollway through their neighbourhoods. We’ve fought this off this proposal before and we’ll do it again” said Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland.

"Every survey and poll shows Victorians want money spent on public transport over roads. Today’s announcement shows how the State government is out of touch with the community. Instead they see only profits for the road lobby."

"When the Westlink proposal last reared its ugly head in 2010, I held eleven community meetings and thousands of community members from across the Western Suburbs joined my community campaign."

Kilojoule labelling on fast food menu boards to be mandatory: Greens

Fast food - Honest menuesThe Victorian Greens have marked National Diabetes Week by announcing a state election commitment to implement mandatory kilojoule labelling on menu boards at all fast food outlets across the state.

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“With today’s busy lifestyles we are eating more fast-food every week, but we have no idea of the energy content of the food and what it might do to our waste line or to our risk of contracting diabetes,” said Victorian Greens health spokesperson, Colleen Hartland.

Greens vow to stand with community to stop East West tollway

Join the growing movement and stop this tollroad

Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has vowed to continue to stand with the people of the Western Suburbs and stop the East West Tollway, instead building world-class public transport system for Melbourne. 
 
"The community don't want the East-West tollway, most local Council's don't want it, and transport experts advise against it. It's bad for our health, bad for air quality, bad for climate change and it's bad economics." 
 
"If Mr Napthine can't see these plain facts he is either deluded or other interests are pulling the strings." 
 
"I have been through this before in the West four years ago when the Labor government proposed WestLink - we've won before and we'll win again."

The Greens plan to increase train numbers by up to 50%

Documents obtained by the Greens using Freedom of Information laws show which of our train lines are getting more overcrowded.

Melbourne’s trains are overcrowded and don’t run often enough. We can run more trains more often on our existing train system. The antiquated train signalling system is a key factor holding us back.

The Government, and the previous Labor Government, have dithered while the problem has been getting worse. Meanwhile, the Greens have a plan to inrease the the number of trains by up to 50%.

Inner West truck problem worsens - study

Dollar Bet safety standards on Pokies - Greens Bill introduced

26/06/2014
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.