“The state government’s latest proposal to house low security prisoners in shipping containers is a costly and unnecessary measure,” Green spokesperson on Corrections, Sue Pennicuik said today.
“Prison overcrowding is a problem of the government's own making,” Ms Pennicuik said. "Its flawed and populist changes to sentencing laws, which are not evidence-based, is leading to low risk, non-violent offenders being imprisoned where in the past they would not have been.”
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.
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.
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.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services): In relation to Koori children in child protection:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation (for the Attorney-General): In relation to the changes in the legal aid guidelines that have removed legal representation for many disadvantaged people and that now provide for representation only by duty lawyers available on the day in other matters:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's report, ‘Unfinished Business: Koori Women and the Justice System'.
(1) Will Corrections Victoria implement recommendations 12-19 of the report.