Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2013 concerns what we would describe as a vexed issue -- indeed Mr Lenders described it as a difficult issue. It is certainly one that has exercised the community for some time. The bill is simple. It does not overhaul the current system as outlined in the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which includes a breed-specific or restricted breed system. The bill makes some alterations based on the recommendations of the coroner following the horrific death of Ayen Chol. The report by Coroner Parkinson was handed down on 28 September in 2012.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the increase in prisoner numbers in Victoria in the last 12 months:
(1) Why has there been a 25 per cent increase in Victoria’s female prison population.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This Sunday, 23 February, will be the fourth anniversary of the Save Live Australia's Music (SLAM) rally, when 20 000 people march from the State Library of Victoria to Parliament House in support of live music and to protest against the blanket security conditions that have been imposed on live music venues.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will not be supporting Mr Davis's motion either. I would agree with many of the comments made by Mr Lenders that it does not seem to me to be an effective way to carry out the business of the house.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support this motion to change the standing orders to assist committees to take evidence from people who are not present in the room. They may have valuable evidence but be in another part of the city of Melbourne, another part of the state of Victoria, another part of the country or in another country. This is going to make it much easier for witnesses and more valuable for the committees.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. On this auspicious occasion of the happy second birthday of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, perhaps it could give Victoria's children a birthday present. On my regular travels on the Sandringham line I have noticed a lot of ads on the insides of doors of trains and also above the windows of trains. I have taken some photos of those ads. One ad is headed 'LMAO -- Looks mightyattractive odds', and it sends you to a website, ladbrokes.com.au. If you go to the website, you see it gives you 28 sports that you can bet on. Why is this advertising allowed on public transport, where children travel daily?
Debate on the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Amendment bill commenced in the state upper house this week.
"This bill is the first of two draconian pieces of legislation before the state parliament that are designed to shut down community scrutiny of government activity," Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said. "The other is the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment bill, which is still in the lower house.
"This bill is one of the most Orwellian named pieces of legislation I have seen in this parliament," Ms Pennicuik said. "Far from ensuring that logging is sustainable or that wildlife is protected, the bill shuts out the public and provides a free for all for loggers and duck shooters, with draconian penalties for people who enter forests or wetlands to protest or simply to observe what is happening on public land," she said.