Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last Friday, 13 July, a ceremony was held in Belgium to mark the 90th anniversary of what came to be known as the Passchendaele campaign. This campaign lasted from July to November 1917. There were 38 000 Australian casualties, and more than 500 000 people were killed in just 100 days -- that is over 2000 every day.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I have spent some time researching this bill and talking to a range of people about it. The provisions applying to the Magistrates Court seem to be sensible amendments to assist the operation of the court, and the Greens are supportive of those.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will be supporting this bill. We believe that all people with a disability, including those with an intellectual disability, have the right to independent self-determination and choice in their lives.
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for Education (for the Minister for WorkCover and TAC): In relation to the code of practice for stress in the public sector introduced by WorkSafe; Given the serious health problems posed at work by stress, when does the Government intend to introduce a workforce-wide code of practice to address this hazard.
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for Education (for the Minister for WorkCover and TAC): What measures does WorkSafe intend to introduce to address the rising issue of occupational disease.
ANSWER (given 7 August 2007):
I am informed that:
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services): In relation to Tasers:
(1) Given the demonstrated misuse and fatal consequences of Tasers in the United States, what steps will the Government take to limit the use of Tasers in the Victorian Police force, and to have proper investigations when they are used.
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Water, Environment and Climate Change): In relation to the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) for the Channel Deepening Proposal:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I rise to say that the Greens will be supporting the motion of Mr Tee to refer this bill to the Legislation Committee. As members and people who are here today will have noticed, it has been a very close vote.
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for Community Services (for the Minister for Health): In relation to possible public health problems associated with the Channel Deepening Proposal (CDP):
(1) Will the Port of Melbourne Corporation be responsible for addressing such problems.
(2) If not, will the Minister for Health be responsible.
MS PENNICUIK -- To ask the Minister for the Industry and State Development (for the Minister for Agriculture): In relation to possible effects on Port Phillip Bay fish stocks caused by the Channel Deepening Project (CDP):