Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On behalf of the Greens, I say that we will support the committee references moved by Mr David Davis in his motion 672. The first part is to refer to the Family and Community Development Committee the issue of social inclusion and Victorians with a disability and for the committee to report by August next year. There are six aspects with regard to that in Mr Davis's motion.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services): In relation to Koori children in child protection:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation (for the Attorney-General): In relation to the changes in the legal aid guidelines that have removed legal representation for many disadvantaged people and that now provide for representation only by duty lawyers available on the day in other matters:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's report, ‘Unfinished Business: Koori Women and the Justice System'.
(1) Will Corrections Victoria implement recommendations 12-19 of the report.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Saturday I joined community members at Hastings to protest against plans to expand the port of Hastings as a container port and as a mooted coal export port. The protest was organised by the Westernport Peninsula Protection Council, Environment Victoria and Quit Coal.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to make a contribution to the debate on Mr Somyurek's motion 666, which states:
That this house calls on the Abbott federal government to immediately move to secure the future of the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, and the thousands of jobs that go with it, by announcing its commitment to coinvest in this critical industry.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is for the Assistant Treasurer, and it is with regard to his role as the minister responsible for WorkCover. The minister would know that over the last two years I have raised by way of an adjournment matter, questions and letter many issues about bullying within WorkSafe Victoria.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Courts and Other Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 is what we commonly call an omnibus bill. It amends several acts of Parliament. I will go through these briefly and mention to some particular amendments to which I wish to draw attention. I drew these to the attention of the minister prior to debate on the bill resuming and he is looking into them.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My question is to the Minister for Corrections, Ed O'Donohue. It is no secret that there is serious overcrowding in the state's prisons and holding cells in the courts and police stations, which is resulting in accused persons not attending court and health and safety issues for all concerned in the prisons, courts and police stations. On 17 May I wrote to the minister asking whether Corrections Victoria had produced any reports or papers regarding the capacity of the greater use of community correction orders to reduce demand in the corrections system without any risk to the community. The minister responded on 9 July, but did not answer the question. I wrote to him again on 13 August requesting this information, but so far I have had no response.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- In speaking on the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 I will first note that today is the last day of this year's WorkSafe Week, which ran from 21 to 31 October.