Victorian Greens to introduce bill to ban battery cages and sow stalls and clarify meaning of 'free range'

The Victorian Greens will introduce a bill into state parliament this week to ban battery cages and sow stalls, clarify the meaning of ‘free range’ and to ban the routine debeaking of hens. Greens animal welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, who will introduce the bill, said that "present laws are failing farm animals which are subject to cruel and unnecessary practices".

"Research shows that 83% of Australians support or strongly support laws to ensure that animals bred for human consumption have access to the outdoors, companions, natural materials and enough space to carry out their instinctive behaviour".

Sex Offenders Registration Amendment Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The background to the Sex Offenders Registration Amendment Bill 2014 is that it follows from the 2012 Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004, which handed down 79 recommendations. The review was conducted after the publication of the Victorian Ombudsman's report entitled Investigation into the Failure of Agencies to Manage Registered Sex Offenders in February 2011, which examined the failure by police to notify the Department of Human Services of more than 300 registered sex offenders who had unsupervised access to children or were living with them.

Consumer Affairs Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Consumer Affairs Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2014 makes a range of amendments to a number of acts within the consumer affairs portfolio. In particular it amends the Owners Corporations Act 2006 to implement the outcomes of a public review of the regulation of owners corporation managers. In summary, the bill improves the regulation of owners corporation managers by preventing unsuitable persons becoming or remaining owners corporation managers. This comes in response to some widely publicised events where some unscrupulous people were undertaking unscrupulous deeds as managers of owners corporations.

Legislative program


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last night the Council sat late debating a controversial bill which has raised huge concerns in the community. Like many pieces of legislation introduced during this parliamentary term, that bill is not based on any public inquiry, report or evidence and has received very little scrutiny. There are 25 bills in the lower house and 12 in the upper house with less than three sitting weeks remaining. Many of these bills are similar to the one debated late last night in that they are based not on any evidence but rather on populism. In its media release of 20 August, the Law Institute of Victoria said it is:

... deeply concerned about the raft of 'law and order' measures the state government is rushing to introduce before the November state election.

Jumps Racing petition


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That this house takes note of the petition bearing 532 signatures from certain citizens of Victoria requesting that the Legislative Council of Victoria call on the Minister for Racing to intervene and end steeplechase and hurdle racing in Victoria tabled in the house on 5 August 2014.

Courts Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I rise to speak on the Courts Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2014, a mildly named omnibus bill of 71 pages which makes quite extensive amendments in six main parts and further miscellaneous amendments and a repeal in part 7. The first part of the bill makes amendments to the Supreme Court Act 1986 to provide for appeals to the Court of Appeal to be generally by leave and makes other procedural amendments.

Member's Statement: Christopher Mardon


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Christopher Jack Mardon was a quiet man of great intelligence who involved himself in serious issues throughout his life, such as the promotion of a green economy and the science of global warming. Chris was a past president of the Conservation Council of Victoria and co-author of the seminal book Seeds for Change, published in 1978. Its model for an alternative, lower energy Melbourne has been described as an 'exciting blueprint for livable cities'.
Chris lived in Japan for seven years and taught English at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies. He was an engineer and scientist and worked for the CSIRO for more than 20 years. After retiring Chris continued to follow a wide range of issues very closely and to disseminate detailed analyses to his wide network of contacts.

Adjournment: Palais Theatre


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, which is 87 years old. On Monday night I was there to see Bob Dylan, who is playing there again tonight, I understand.

Assisted Reproductive Treatment Further Amendment Bill 2013


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill before members is the result of a lot of community debate, including debate in this Parliament, particularly over the past six years, but I suppose it could be said that this issue began 34 years ago when on 23 June 1980 the first child was born through an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. That person was Candice Reed.

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.