Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2013 is a huge bill; it is some 561 pages long. It is the result of a national process via the Council of Australian Governments and the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General going way back -- 10 years -- to 2004.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Education, and it concerns the provision of special religious instruction (SRI) in Victorian government schools, in particular by Access Ministries, which provides about 80 per cent of all SRI. I have raised questions about this in Parliament on several occasions -- in 2010, 2011 and last year in April and June. The questions have been around issues such as how Access Ministries gains access to schools, the funding received by it, how its curriculum is or is not approved and the level of funding provided to it.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last week the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology released the third biennial State of the Climate report, the contents of which should be of great import to governments at all levels. The federal Minister for Environment, the Honourable Greg Hunt, famously said that he did not need the Climate Commission and could rely on the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology. The report of those two organisations states:
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I move:
That, pursuant to section 38 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Amendment C190 to the Stonnington planning scheme be revoked.
On 3 February the Minister for Planning signed off on a letter that was received by the Stonnington City Council on 13 February advising the council that, following a request from the Minister for Education, the minister had decided to exercise the power under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to exempt himself from notice and prepare, adopt and approve amendment C190 to the Stonnington planning scheme.
“Every year the Grand Prix comes around reminding us of all the reasons to cut it loose,” Sue Pennicuik, Greens MP for the Southern Metropolitan Region, said today.
"The first is the mounting costs to Victorian taxpayers. Since the event was first staged in 1996, the 'government contribution' or operating loss of the event, i.e., the cost to Victorian taxpayers adds up to around half a billion dollars and that doesn't include the millions in hidden costs," Ms Pennicuik said. "With the government making cuts to other budgets, this is unacceptable - it has to stop."
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will be opposing the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013. This bill expands the circumstances in which police and protective services officers (PSOs) in a designated area may direct a person to move on from a public place. There are already extensive move-on powers in the Summary Offences Act 1966. This bill will fundamentally change the rights of citizens in Victoria to protest, demonstrate or picket a particular place.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Corrections Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 is an omnibus bill but not one of great size. It amends the Corrections Act 1986, the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009 and the Prisoners (Interstate Transfer) Act 1983. There are quite a number of amendments to the Corrections Act, but most of them are non-controversial.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Corrections Amendment (Parole) Bill 2014 is a short bill. It makes amendments to the Corrections Act 1986 to provide for additional conditions for the making of a parole order for the prisoner Julian Knight.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2013 concerns what we would describe as a vexed issue -- indeed Mr Lenders described it as a difficult issue. It is certainly one that has exercised the community for some time. The bill is simple. It does not overhaul the current system as outlined in the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which includes a breed-specific or restricted breed system. The bill makes some alterations based on the recommendations of the coroner following the horrific death of Ayen Chol. The report by Coroner Parkinson was handed down on 28 September in 2012.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Corrections: In relation to the increase in prisoner numbers in Victoria in the last 12 months:
(1) Why has there been a 25 per cent increase in Victoria’s female prison population.