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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.