Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Powers of Attorney Bill 2014 consolidates legislative provisions for powers of attorney that currently fall under the Instruments Act 1958 and enduring powers of guardianship currently covered by the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986. The bill implements the majority of the recommendations of the Victorian parliamentary Law Reform Committee inquiry into powers of attorney, the report of which was tabled in Parliament four years ago in August 2010. Mr Scheffer was chair of the committee at the time and has already mentioned that. The report includes 90 recommendations to streamline and simplify the current legislative provisions for powers of attorney and provides guidance on assessing when a person has capacity to make a decision.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 makes significant amendments to some 20 acts of Parliament and a range of unrelated issues called 'other matters'. A member of the public reading the title of the bill -- Criminal Organisations Control and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2014 -- would not get a very good idea as to what the bill is actually about. The bill also makes a raft of consequential amendments to a large number of acts.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crime Statistics Bill 2014 establishes a new body or agency to collect and publish crime statistics, which effectively removes that function from the police. This is something the Greens have been calling for for a long time, alongside the need for an independent body to oversee prisons and custodial facilities in Victoria and an independent agency to investigate deaths as a result of police conduct. We are still waiting on those.
Victorian Greens spokesperson for LGBTI, Sue Pennicuik MLC, will be speaking at the Equal Love rally in Melbourne this Saturday marking the 10th anniversary since the federal Marriage Act 1961 was amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman only.
“It is not a happy anniversary," Ms Pennicuik said. "The Greens have long been fighting against discrimination in all aspects of the law and in particular in the last ten years to achieve marriage equality."
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- This week marks the commencement 100 years ago of World War I. The total casualties of World War I were 37 million -- over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded. The total number of deaths included 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. About 6 million military personnel of the Allies were lost, and about 4 million of the Central Powers.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question without notice is to the Minister for Planning, and it is in regard to the announcement regarding live music and the agent of change principle -- that is, a new provision and practice note due, according to the live music action agenda, in August-September. Can the minister provide details of the particular provision and practice note and how these will be enforced in practice?
Greens MP Sue Pennicuik says a new report by the Auditor General shows Victoria's TAFEs are in financial trouble due to Labor and Liberals funding policies.
"The Labor and Liberal parties won't admit their policies have been a failure,” Ms Pennicuik said.
"The policies kicked off by Labor and continued under the Liberals have done damage to the efficient, effective and trusted TAFE system.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Crimes Amendment (Abolition of Defensive Homicide) Bill 2014 is an interesting bill. Clause 3 abolishes the offence of defensive homicide. This has engendered mixed views among stakeholders. On balance the majority of stakeholders do not support the abolition of the offence of defensive homicide, because of the need to ensure that women who kill their partners within the context of family violence -- based on a reasonable belief that they need to do so in order to prevent their own death or serious injury -- are not convicted of murder; on balance the majority of stakeholders believe that the offence of defensive homicide should be retained.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill we have before us, the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014, amends the Sentencing Act 1991 to provide for baseline sentences for a number of indictable offences, including murder, culpable driving, trafficking in large quantities of drugs and three offences regarding sexual abuse of children. It also amends the Crimes Act 1958 to fix the baseline sentences for those offences. It also amends the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 with regard to the offence of trafficking a large quantity of drugs of dependence.