Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I wish to advise the Council that I will be moving an additional amendment to the one already on the notice paper. I therefore move:
(1) In standing order 4.05, omit paragraph (1).
(2) (a) in standing order 4.08(1), omit --The motion will be put forthwith without amendment or debate.--; and
(b) in standing order 6.13, insert --
--( ) a motion to extend the sitting of the Council pursuant to standing order 4.08(1);--.
(3) The Clerk is empowered to renumber the standing orders and correct any internal references as a consequence of this amendment.
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Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Members and visitors to Queen's Hall this week will notice the photographic display there. I am very pleased to be sponsoring this exhibition of 40 photos from My Human Family, a community project which shares the stories of families who have fostered or adopted dogs that have been abandoned and encourages people to adopt animals from rescue shelters. The exhibition was also on display in the New South Wales Parliament in August. I hope everyone enjoys the wonderful photos.
Ms PENNICUIK -- On another matter, I would like to follow my colleague Ms Hartland and thank her and Mr Barber for the pleasure and privilege of working with them, and thank the staff and volunteers in our offices for all they do for us. I also take this opportunity to thank the excellent staff of the parliamentary library and Hansard, and the Legislative Council staff in the Clerk's office and the table office, as well as the committee staff and the attendants for the professional and courteous way in which they always carry out their duties. We recognise and appreciate it very much.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Bill 2014 is a quite important bill. It deals with an area I think everyone in the house would agree is difficult from the perspective of victims and also difficult to prosecute through the court system. It has historically been a very difficult area. Over many years there have been attempts to make it fairer for victims and more likely that successful convictions will be made in the courts.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Justice Legislation Amendment (Confiscation and Other Matters) Bill 2014 is an omnibus bill that amends nine acts of Parliament. The major part of the bill -- in fact two-thirds of the bill, or 47 of its 72 clauses -- is made up of amendments to the Confiscation Act 1997.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2014 will amend the Sentencing Act 1991 to establish a scheme under which convictions for certain offences related to conduct carried out for the purposes of or in connection with sexual activity of a homosexual nature may be expunged.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sentencing Amendment (Coward's Punch Manslaughter and Other Matters) Bill 2014 amends the Crimes Act 1958 to insert a new section 4A to provide that a single punch or strike delivered to the head or neck of a victim is taken to be a dangerous act for the purposes of unlawful and dangerous act manslaughter. The single punch or strike may be one of a series of punches or strikes. The punch or strike may be the cause of a person's death even if the injury from which the person dies is from an impact to the person's body caused by the punch or strike.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Inquiries Bill 2014 establishes dedicated legislation for setting up royal commissions and other executive inquiries. Victoria is one of the few jurisdictions in Australia without specific legislation for establishing inquiries that can be set up by the executive to varying degrees. In his contribution, Mr Scheffer mentioned the excellent research paper written by Adam Delacorn, a research officer in the parliamentary library. The paper states that following a review as long ago as 2006 the then Victorian Law Reform Committee recommended the enactment of a Victorian royal commissions act. Almost a decade on, we have such legislation before us.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Later today I will be introducing a private members bill, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl and Pigs) and Food Amendment (Free-range Eggs) Bill 2014. This will be the second private members bill I will have introduced in this term of Parliament, the other being the Marriage Equality Bill 2012. My colleagues Greg Barber and Colleen Hartland have also introduced private members bills in this session of Parliament, as we all did in the previous Parliament. As was pointed out last night in the Australasian Study of Parliament Group forum, while private members bills can be introduced into the Legislative Council, it is not clear how they would proceed through to the Assembly if passed in the Council. This is an issue as Parliament should not just be about the legislative agenda of the government of the day.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It is a pleasure to speak on Mr Lenders's motion, which is basically about the fall in student enrolments in government-subsidised training, as outlined in part (4) of the motion. The motion says that 18 300 fewer students completed TAFE courses in 2013 than in 2012 and 45 000 fewer students are enrolled in government-subsidised training in 2014 than in 2012. It also refers to unemployment rates, youth unemployment and even 457 visa workers, which I did not hear Mr Lenders mention in his speech when he moved the motion.
However, I did hear Mr Lenders make several references to policy misadventures.