Budget estimates 2009-10 (part 1)

02/06/2009

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) presented report, including appendices, extracts from proceedings and transcripts of evidence.

Laid on table.

Ordered to be printed.

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That the Council take note of the report.
The report is that of the estimates hearings that took place between 8 and 21 May 2009.

Review of Auditor-General's reports 2007

02/06/2009

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) presented report, including appendices, together with transcripts of evidence.

Laid on table.

Ordered that report be printed.

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That the Council take note of the report.

Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) suffering from broken promises?

"The amalgamation of the VCA with Melbourne University does not appear to be a happy union," Victorian Greens Arts spokesperson Sue Pennicuik said today. "Students go to the VCA for its reputation and unique atelier tradition and there is fear that its identity will be ripped out or will not be sustained in the amalgamation," she said.

Monster marina not the answer for Frankston

Greens MP for the Southern Metropolitan Region, Sue Pennicuik has expressed concern at the approval by the Minister for Planning for a massive marina to be built in Frankston.

It ain't easy being Greens

It ain't easy being Greens - The Sunday Age

Racing Victoria's decision to continue jumps racing is wrong

Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik expressed dismay and frustration at the announcement today by Racing Victoria to continue jumps racing in Victoria. Racing Victoria has announced another nine new conditions on the conduct of jumps racing, in addition to those imposed after the Jones Review.

"These new 'safety conditions' just go to show how dangerous this so called sport is. Racing Victoria has admitted that even these new conditions will not prevent further deaths and injuries arising from jumps racing, which was described by Australian Jumping Racing Association president Rodney Rae, as an 'extreme sport.' *

International Day against Homophobia

Greens MP Sue Pennicuik has voiced her support for the International Day against Homophobia (IDAH) on May 17 and has encouraged all Victorians to speak out against homophobia.

The theme of IDAHO this year is "Sexuality knows no borders". There are GLBTI communities worldwide, however not all GLBTI people are able to live in equality or safety. Being in a same sex relationship is still against the law in many countries and people live in fear of oppression and violence.

Financial and performance outcomes 2007-08

07/05/2009

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- As a very new member of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and definitely coming in on the tail end of preparation of this report, I start by thanking the staff and secretariat of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee for their assistance to me and other members in the preparation of this report and all the work they do.

Statements on Reports: Auditor-General- The Channel Deepening Project

07/05/2009

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am speaking today on the Auditor-General's report on the channel-deepening project. This project has been the subject of much public interest since it was first announced in 2002. That interest continues as, unfortunately, dredging is under way.

Better Place: Production of Documents

06/05/2009

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am happy to support Mr Davis's motion today because it raises a matter of public importance, which is the principle of employing ministers and parliamentary secretaries -- that is, members of the government who are privy to certain information -- and what they then do in their employment following their resignation from Parliament.