Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 12 December last year I raised a matter during an adjournment debate with the Minister for Planning, Mr Guy, with regard to the Palace Theatre. I asked that in addition to the idea of mandatory height controls he consider putting a moratorium on any major development in Bourke Street until the heritage study has been completed. Yesterday I received his answer in which he said that the government is committed to protecting unique city precincts and is currently considering options for how to best implement these controls.
Meanwhile we have learned that the Palace Theatre is to close its doors as a music venue this month, which is a great blow to Victoria's live music fans.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, has called on the government to stick to its promise to crack down on puppy farms and amend the newly revised code of practice for breeding and rearing establishments to limit the number of litters that a female dog can have in a registered breeding establishment to five.
“This provision was included in the final draft code of practice in December last year, but was removed by the government at the last minute," Ms Pennicuik said. “Thousands of people who participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code are now left feeling furious and betrayed by the process, the minister and the government.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I am pleased to speak on the Honorary Justices Bill 2014. I am sure I echo the sentiments of everyone in this chamber and indeed in the Parliament in expressing appreciation for the work done in Victoria by honorary justices: justices of the peace and bail justices.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Peter Walsh. It is in regard to the revision of the code of practice for the operation of breeding and rearing businesses, revision no. 1, under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which was published in the Government Gazette on 11 April.
As the minister is aware, this code has caused great consternation amongst animal welfare organisations such as Oscar's Law, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society and others, as well as the general public, because people want to see an end to cruel practices and the exploitation of animals in pet breeding establishments. Thousands of people participated in good faith and made submissions on the revision of the code.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Assistant Treasurer:
In relation to his responsibility as Minister for WorkSafe, what action has been taken by WorkSafe Victoria to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services):
What action has been taken by Victoria Police to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Housing (for the Minister for Community Services):
What action has been taken by the Department of Human Services to implement the recommendations of the State Coroner in the following inquests:
Victorian Greens Justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik, expressed surprise at the defeat of the Jury Directions Amendment Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly last night. The bill was voted down by the Opposition and Geoff Shaw because the government forced it to a vote when there had been no debate on the proposed laws.
Viva Delspec, a 7yo bay gelding (male) was put down after suffering a knee injury at Warrnambool yesterday at only the second race of the 2014 Victorian Jumps Racing season which runs until 28 September.
Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed that yet another horse has been killed in a jumps race and is calling again on the government to ban this cruel and barbaric ‘sport.’