Consumer Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

27/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Given that the government would be unlikely to agree to the removal of clause 39 -- although I have outlined a very persuasive argument for it to do so -- in terms of the regulations accompanying the act I suggest there be a requirement for the motor car trader to verbally draw attention to the effect of the new provision and to make sure verbally when they are carrying out that transaction that the consumer clearly understands the ramifications of what will now be the case if they choose to drive the vehicle away, that they will be waiving those rights. As I said, that is not a good development, nor is it a development in favour of consumer protection.

Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Bill 2014

27/05/2014

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- As its name suggests, the Victoria Police Amendment (Consequential and Other Matters) Bill 2014 deals with consequential amendments to the Victoria Police Act 2013, which was passed in this Parliament last year but has not yet come into effect. This bill amends that legislation, which is not yet an act. We are still operating under the Police Regulation Act 1958.

Jumps racing claims second victim in just five days - Greens say ban this deadly sport now

Elms, a seven-year-old gelding had to be put down on the track after severely fracturing his right fore cannon bone after the first obstacle in a restricted hurdle at Casterton yesterday.

Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is dismayed and angry that yet another horse, the second in five days, has been killed in a Victorian jumps race.

“This brings the total deaths to three in Victoria which proves Racing Victoria's so-called safety measures are not working. The only way to guarantee safety is to end Jumps Racing which is 10 - 20 times more dangerous to horses than flat racing,” Ms Pennicuik said.

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Greens renew calls for jumps racing to be banned after another horse is killed on the track

Show Dancer, a seven-year-old gelding, was put down after suffering a horrific and brutal fall during the 3,400m steeplechase at Sandown Racecourse yesterday. Two other horses also fell.

Victorian Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik MLC said she is deeply saddened and 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 so called ‘sport’.

Greens to join the Equal Love rally in support of equal rights and IDAHOT

Victorian Greens spokesperson for LGBTI, Sue Pennicuik MLC, will be joining the Equal Love rally in Melbourne this Saturday on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).*

Greens deputy leader and federal member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, will be speaking at the rally.

“It is ten years since the Howard government infamously amended the federal Marriage Act 1961 to define marriage as between a man and a woman,” Ms Pennicuik said.

“I’ve been joining thousands of people at these rallies since then to stand against this blatant discrimination and in support of full equal rights for all.

“The Greens have also been fighting for marriage equality with bills in federal and state parliaments," Ms Pennicuik said.

Q: 10462 Self-Represented Litigants

08/05/2014

MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation (for the Attorney-General): Is the Department of Justice or any other organisation monitoring the impact that self-representation has on litigants and the justice system, including:

State budget – another big let-down for education

The state budget is another big let-down for everyone who cares about education, Victorian Greens Education spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik has said today.

“Victoria has been the lowest spending of any state government on education for many years. This Coalition government has taken millions of dollars out of in-school programs, such as EMA and VCAL and closed regional offices that provided much needed support for schools. This budget does nothing to repair that damage or lift our education spending above the national average,” Ms Pennicuik said.

Palace Theatre development

07/05/2014

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.

Greens call on Government to amend new dog breeding code

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.