Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Open Courts Bill 2013 essentially consolidates the general statutory powers of the Supreme, County, Magistrates and Coroners courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to make suppression orders and open-court orders.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Like many thousands of Australians, I was saddened to hear of the death of Janet Frances Powell just after her 71st birthday.
At her memorial on 9 October we heard moving tributes and stories about her remarkable life from her family, from members of the YWCA, with which she had a long association, and from Bob Brown.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I join my colleagues, Colleen Hartland and Greg Barber, in congratulating Adam Bandt on being re-elected as the federal member for Melbourne despite forecasts from pundits who did not seem to notice what a fantastic member for Melbourne he is. Congratulations also to Janet Rice on her election as the Greens' second senator for Victoria. Janet is a founding member of the Victorian Greens and a long-time climate, forest and public transport campaigner. I am also very happy to see that Greens senators Sarah Hanson-Young in South Australia, Scott Ludlam in Western Australia and Peter Whish-Wilson in Tasmania are likely to be returned to the Senate. They have been great advocates for the Greens and for standing up for what matters.
I would like to thank all our dedicated candidates who stood up for what matters in 37 electoral divisions in Victoria and around the country.
Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment (Access By Donor-Conceived People To Information About Donors) Bill 2013
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I start by commending Mr Jennings for bringing this bill to the chamber. As I am sure he understands, and we have spoken about this many times, it has been a long time coming. Having listened to Ms Crozier it looks as if we still have some time to go in terms of this issue.
I am supportive of the provisions in this private members bill except for the issue of the inclusion of five-year contact vetoes with an associated penalty for breaking those contact vetoes of 60 penalty units.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I first raised this matter on 26 June in this place. I will remind the house what this motion is about:
That this house expresses its concern that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has granted coastal consent for the construction of a boat ramp at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, known as 'Option 3b' despite ...
The motion goes on to raise four points as salient reasons why that option should not go ahead. Those reasons were identified by an environment effects statement, a panel report, the former Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and others. The motion calls on the minister to release all the advice he relied upon for the decision and to fully explain the reasons for his decision. During the debate on the motion I explained that the minister has released eight pages outlining apparent reasons for the decision but that those eight pages do not contain any reasons or explanations for his decision. The minister needs to explain how his decision is consistent with the coalition's policy that the previous decision be reviewed, and he should visit East Gippsland to explain that decision.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Road Safety and Sentencing Acts Amendment Bill 2013.
The main provisions of this bill consolidate the statutory provisions relating to obtaining a driver licence or learner permit after disqualification and to imposing or removing an alcohol interlock condition from a driver licence or learner permit regardless of whether the original disqualification for the alcohol-based offence was imposed under the Road Safety Act 1986 or the Sentencing Act 1991.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- Deputy President, I am standing in for Mr Barber in the committee stage of this bill. I think this matter has already been foreshadowed with the minister. We know from a Supreme Court case that one person at VicRoads processed 21 requests for information by private car park operators involving 7787 names between May 2008 and June 2010.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Greens will support the Plant Biosecurity Amendment Bill 2013. This bill allows certain debts incurred by landowners under the act to give rise to a charge on their land.
Currently the act allows the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) to direct a landowner to address a plant, pest or disease risk that poses a threat to nearby crops, and if the direction is not followed within a specified time, DEPI itself can address the biosecurity threat and charge the landowner for the cost of its actions at the minister's discretion.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the plight of koalas that have been living in commercial blue gum plantations in south-west Victoria, as raised in the ABC's 7.30 Report on 22 July 2013. I am relying on the transcript of that program, which reported that ironically the blue gum plantations that are now part of failed management investment schemes have become places of refuge for koalas as their natural habitat dwindles, but as the plantations are harvested the native animals face deadly threats. They are turning out to be temporary and dangerous homes as the koalas often suffer serious injury and even death when the timber is harvested.