Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl And Pigs) And Food Amendment (Free-Range Eggs) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.


The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Domestic Fowl and Pigs) and Food Amendment (Free-range Eggs) Bill 2014 introduces reforms that will improve animal welfare in Victoria.

Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Workers) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Workers) Bill 2014 is one of a suite of bills the government has introduced into this Parliament that bring the concept of baseline sentencing, minimum sentencing or mandatory sentencing into the sentencing regime in Victoria.

This bill will amend the Sentencing Act 1991 and the Crimes Act 1958 to provide for statutory minimum custodial sentences for certain offences committed against emergency workers, including intentionally or recklessly causing injury, gross violence, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, or intentionally or recklessly causing injury, in which case the court must not impose a term of imprisonment of less than six months. All of these statutory minimums will apply unless a special reason exists under section 10A of the Sentencing Act.

Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession And Surrogacy) Bill 2014


Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Bill 2014 amends five acts. It amends the Administration and Probate Act 1958, the Wills Act 1997 and the Trustee Companies Act 1984 with regard to succession law and makes a minor amendment to the Status of Children Act 1974 and the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 with regard to surrogacy and the registration of a child. That particular amendment enables the commissioning parents of a child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement to obtain an order for registration on the surrogate birth register where they have obtained a corresponding parentage order in another Australian state or territory recognising them as the parents of the child.

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.