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Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- It is a pleasure to make a contribution on this motion moved by Mr Hall on 10 September and subsequently kept in abeyance. I did some work on the motion at that time. As it has taken nearly three months for this debate to come back into the house, I took the opportunity to make some further inquiries this week as to whether there have been any further developments on this issue.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I rise to support the motion of Mr David Davis that pursuant to section 16 of the Ombudsman Act 1973 this house refer to the Ombudsman for investigation and report the probity of the Kew Residential Services development tender process followed by the state government and the probity of the St Kilda Triangle development processes followed by the state gove
Why we shouldn’t do channel deepening –
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Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Thank you, President, for the opportunity to speak today.
My matter is for the Premier. On 23 February it will be five years since Ingrid Betancourt and her colleague Clara Rojas were kidnapped by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in Colombia. I referred to Ingrid in my inaugural speech. Since the kidnapping, numerous Greens have visited Colombia to support the campaign for their release, including Senator Bob Brown.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am speaking today in support of notice of motion 1 regarding the business of the Council. As has been mentioned many times in this place, we are a historic new Legislative Council that is a product of a reform of the method of election of the Legislative Council.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water, Environment and Climate Change in the other place. The 2003 bushfires and this year's fires have had a devastating impact on Victoria's biodiversity, which is already under enormous stress.