Fences Amendment Bill 2013

03/04/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Thank you, President. Because you had your head down you did not see me stand up. I want to make some remarks on behalf of the Greens. The sessional order that was rushed into this place by Mr Davis earlier this year was not supported by us because we thought it would result in shambolic and haphazard occurrences, of which I think this is one, and absurdities such as calling this an urgent bill when clearly it is not. I outlined at that time what an urgent bill is -- one that is needed to fix an urgent problem of governance in the state of Victoria -- and this bill does not fit into that category.

Adjournment: Rosebud Aquatic Centre

03/04/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith. It concerns the proposed use of the Rosebud foreshore reserve for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre. I first raised this with the minister on 16 August 2012, and Mr Scheffer has also raised it a number of times. When I first raised this matter I pointed out to the minister that I took issue with the basis on which he had granted coastal consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore and I asked him to publicly explain that consent, given that the then Department of Sustainability and Environment had consistently advised against such use as it would be inconsistent with the Victorian coastal strategy.

Justice Legislation Amendment (Discovery, Disclosure and Other Matters) Bill 2014

03/04/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Justice Legislation Amendment (Discovery, Disclosure and Other Matters) Bill 2014 is a further example of legislation the title of which does not accurately reflect its content. You would be forgiven if upon reading the title of this bill you thought it was all about civil matters, but in fact two of the three amendments it makes to four acts are not about civil procedures at all. They are about amendments to the Corrections Amendment (Breach of Parole) Act 2013, the Corrections Act 1986 and the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009. Whilst the changes are not more than minor amendments, particularly those to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act, they could have ramifications about which I will raise some concerns. It would be useful for the public of Victoria in particular if the titles of bills actually reflected what they contain. In the case of this bill's title, 'other matters' are quite significant matters.

The Coast Is Unclear - An Uncertain Future For Nature Along The Victorian Coast

02/04/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In February the Victorian National Parks Association released its report The Coast is Unclear -- An Uncertain Future for Nature along the Victorian Coast. This comprehensive report explores coastal planning and management issues all around Victoria's coastline.

Corrections Amendment (Further Parole Reform) Bill 2014

01/04/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The purpose of the Corrections Amendment (Further Parole Reform) Bill 2014 is to implement further legislative reforms arising from measures identified in the review of the parole system in Victoria which was undertaken by former High Court Judge Ian Callinan. The bill introduces a few measures, the key ones being under clause 7. It amends the Corrections Act 1986 to identify a category of serious or violent sexual offender for whom a two-tier approach to the granting of parole will apply. This category will apply to prisoners who are serving a sentence of imprisonment for a conviction for a sexual offence or serious violent offence as defined in section 77(9) of the Corrections Act.

Q WorkSafe Victoria

27/03/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Assistant Treasurer, and it relates to the reintroduction of the Victorian WorkCover Authority as the public name, face and brand replacing the now publicly familiar name WorkSafe, which is an eponymous term that immediately conveys its meaning -- not so with the term Victorian WorkCover Authority. The name WorkSafe Victoria has been used since 2007 and has high public recognition. I understand it cost $50 million to establish the branding and assume it will cost millions more to rebrand. My question to the minister is: what is the compelling reason behind the name change from WorkSafe to the Victorian WorkCover Authority?

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2014

27/03/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Amendment Bill 2014 makes four key changes to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998. The changes will enable the tribunal when exercising its review function to invite an original decision-maker to reconsider the decision; enable the tribunal to make an order in relation to fees, separate from its power to award costs; introduce a legislative scheme for the tribunal in relation to expert witnesses and their evidence; and provide a range of mechanical and technical amendments to improve the tribunal's ability to manage proceedings.

Dangerous Dogs Control

26/03/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the motion put forward by Mr Lenders. It is timely that the whole regime to deal with preventing dog attacks and dealing with so-called dangerous dogs or menacing dogs or threatening dogs or specific breeds in legislation et cetera as a whole be looked at. The laws that are in place under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 have been in place for quite a while. Amendments to that act have been put in place by the previous government and by this government, and just recently, in December, there were some more amendments made as a result of the coronial inquiry into the death of Ayen Chol.

Duck Hunting

26/03/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 15 March I attended the opening of the duck shooting season at Lake Elizabeth near Kerang in northern Victoria. While few ducks were shot at Lake Elizabeth, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers were very focused on enforcing new fines and banning orders on duck rescuers.

Sadly, over the course of the morning we received reports of another massacre of native water birds, including protected freckled ducks at Lake Lonsdale, near Stawell, where very few Department of Environment and Primary Industries officers appeared to be present.

Australian Formula One Grand Prix

26/03/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:

That this house notes that --

(1) costs to Victorian taxpayers of staging the Formula One grand prix in Albert Park have been mounting since 1996;

(2) when first elected the government stated that the taxpayer subsidy was too high and that the event would not be continued unless costs came down;

(3) the government has refused to carry out a proper cost-benefit analysis of the event as recommended by the Auditor-General's office in 2007, or required the event to collect accurate attendance figures despite the huge taxpayer subsidy it receives; and

calls on the government to ensure that the grand prix is not staged in Victoria beyond the expiration of the current contract in 2015.