Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Sustainable Forests (Timber) and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2013 is one of the most Orwellian-named bills I have come across in this place. It seems like an innocuous title -- sustainable forests and wildlife amendment bill -- when in fact it is a piece of legislation that is not only completely unnecessary but one that will take away the rights of Victorians, as my colleague Mr Barber enunciated very clearly in his discussion on part 2 of the bill, which is the amendment to the Sustainable Forest (Timber) Act 2004, and his outlining of what that will mean to Victorians, the vast majority of whom are opposed to logging in our native forests.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Court Services Victoria Bill 2013.
The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill will be debated in state parliament this week. The bill expands the circumstances in which police and PSOs may direct a person to ‘move on’ from a public place.
"This bill fundamentally changes the rights of citizens to protest, demonstrate or picket a particular place," Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC said. "Whether people are protesting about environmental, social or industrial issues, they will now be subject extended ‘move on’ and arrest powers."
Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC will join the Pride March in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda this Sunday.
“I am excited to be starting the march with Australian Marriage Equality, representing the Greens' strong support for Marriage Equality across Australia," Ms Pennicuik said.
Sue will also be marching with the Victorian Greens along with Ellen Sandell, Greens candidate for Melbourne, Cr Neil Pilling, Glen Eira’s first Greens Mayor, Stonnington Council's first Green councillors, Cr Sam Hibbins and Cr Erin Davie, other Greens councillors from around Melbourne and many other Greens.
“The Greens have been campaigning for marriage to achieve full equality for many years," Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy, and it regards the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street. I note that during question time Mr Tee asked the minister about mandatory height controls in Bourke Street, which is a matter I have also discussed with the minister. Today representatives from the Save the Palace Theatre group attended question time. My adjournment matter is on a similar issue. I note that the minister, in his answer to the question asked today, said that he is looking at mandatory height controls with the Melbourne City Council, but I know he could put controls in place at any time. The minister mentioned the agent-of-change principle, which is another issue that I have raised in this Parliament, and it was the subject of an article by Patrick Donovan from Music Victoria published in the Age recently.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy, and it regards the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street. I note that during question time Mr Tee asked the minister about mandatory height controls in Bourke Street, which is a matter I have also discussed with the minister.
Ms Pennicuik (Southern Metropolitan) -- There is hardly a more important bill to come before Parliament than legislation which regulates Victoria Police.
Victoria Police have a lot of powers under the act, but they are also able to use force, firearms and other weaponry in enforcing those powers under the act, so the way the police are regulated is of great importance to everyone in the community.
“The High Court decision to disallow the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013, has put the focus squarely on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality as the majority of Australians want to see," Victorian Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik said today.
The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament and that "Marriage" in s 51(xxi) includes a marriage between persons of the same sex.
“Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has introduced a federal marriage equality bill today,” Ms Pennicuik said.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 29 November I attended a commemoration service hosted by Asbestoswise and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for the lives of those touched by asbestos. Australia has the highest reported incidence of asbestos-related disease in the world, including the highest instance of mesothelioma.