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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Karin.
A strong and passionate spirit. Karin always stood up for the environment, equality and for animals.
Karin was a wise and generous elder who said it like it is. Karin made a difference.
We will miss her, she touched all our lives.
Greg Barber, Colleen Hartland and Sue Pennicuik, Greens MPs and staff.
The grim reality of the widespread existence of puppy farms has been growing in the public consciousness for a number of years. Prior to the November 2010 Victorian state election it finally emerged as a political issue. Amid much community opposition to puppy farms, the government and the then coalition opposition each vowed to put an end to “illegal puppy farms” if elected.
Photo of Virvacity: Courtesy of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses
Virvacity was injured on the track and killed in 2012
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Jumps Racing is a deadly 'sport' which requires horses to gallop and jump up to 33 steeples or 12 hurdles. Races can be more than 5 km for steeples and 3.5 km for hurdles. A large number of falls occur in the latter stages of races when the horses are exhausted.
Animals Australia reports that more than 110 horses have been killed in jumps races and trials since 2000 in Victoria. Every season horses suffer painful injuries or are killed in jumps racing events. Jockeys are also at risk and have suffered injuries from this dangerous 'sport.'
Jumps races have long been banned across Australia, but inexplicably, they are still allowed in Victoria and South Australia. If the Victorian government banned jumps racing, it would probably not be viable to continue in South Australia. More jumps racing background and statistics.
Every season horses continue to suffer horrific injuries or are killed in jumps racing events in Victoria. It is extremely disappointing that the current Premier, Mr Napthine, who has retained his portfolio of Minister for Racing, and is a vet, is not only allowing jumps racing to continue but actively defends it.
Good news - The federal government has withdrawn a $100 million grant for HRL's proposed coal-fired power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. HRL failed to meet key funding conditions, for the sixth time.
Firefighters put their health at risk to protect us, so it is very important that we provide protection for them.
However, it is almost impossible for firefighters to access WorkCover compensation and insurance if they get cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals and smoke on the job. This is less protection against workplace injury and illness than the average worker, yet firefighters risk their health and life to protect the community.
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Our firefighters are at the front line risking their health and life to protect us, our families and our homes.
But they cannot protect themselves from toxic chemicals and smoke on the job.
For firefighters, the risk of contracting certain types of cancer are 5-10 times higher, and they have 2 to 3 times the lung cancer risk of a smoker.
Our well respected public TAFE has been built up over decades with taxpayer's money and provides affordable and accessible training for all. TAFE has educated hundreds of thousands of Victorians.
The Greens support a well funded quality public TAFE system - find out more and sign up here.
TAFE is under attack. Chronic under-funding from the previous government made Victoria's TAFE system the lowest funded TAFE system in Australia.
This year, the Coalition Government has struck a further massive blow to Victoria's public TAFE system.
31 July 2013 18:04 PM
PETER MITCHELL, PRESENTER 7 NEWS The Prime Minister has ruled out funding for the East West Tunnel, drawing the battle lines for both the federal and state elections. Seven News understands Mr Rudd has made the promise to the state labour opposition which today declared it’s not in favour of the tunnel. More from Brendan Donohoe.
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Each year from March to June, the government declares the duck shooting season open in Victoria. Duck shooting is banned in NSW, Qld and WA since 1990, has never been permitted in the ACT and only occurs on private land in SA. The majority of Victorians oppose it.
Sue Pennicuik, has been campaigning to ban duck shooting in Victoria and attends the opening of the duck shooting season as an observer. Duck shooting is cruel and anachronistic. Many birds are not killed and retrieved by shooters. If they are not rescued, they fly off to suffer a slow, painful death or to live with shot gun pellets in their bodies. Ducklings are not able to cope alone and also die as a result of the shooting of adult birds.
Massacre of ducks and protected species
On the opening weekend of the 2013 duck shooting season more than 900 birds were killed on one morning at the Box Flat Nature Reserve including rare and threatened Freckled Ducks and other protected non-game species, such as black swans and whistling kites. They were illegally left on the water to die, yet no-one has been charged over this.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the state government needs to close wetlands to hunters where endangered water birds have been sighted, ahead of duck shooting season commencing on 15 March.
"Last year, we saw a massacre of more than one hundred Freckled Ducks and other protected species at Box Flat on the opening morning. Despite hundreds of hunters being there, no one has been charged or convicted of anything.
"Clearly the shooters can't police themselves, the government isn't willing or able to, so the solution is to close all wetlands where rare or threatened species are present."
"I'm calling on bird watchers report any sighting of Freckled Ducks, which we will put on our website. But really, it's the government who should be doing this job."
In the 2010 election year Mr Napthine said:
"I have been a long-time supporter of container deposit legislation for Victoria. I have argued for a bottle and can deposit scheme in the Parliament and in the media."
"The state Liberal and National Coalition strongly supports the introduction of a Victorian and national drink bottle and can refund scheme."
"The scheme works well in South Australia and should be introduced into Victoria and then become a National scheme."
Well said Mr Premier!
Colleen Hartland's groundbreaking Bill, the Medical Treatment (Physician Assisted Dying) Bill, was defeated in Parliament on Wednesday 10 September 2008.
Colleen Hartland had tabled the Medical Treatment (Physician Assisted Dying) Bill 2008 to parliament on Wednesday 11 June.
The Bill proposed the right for an adult who is suffering intolerably from a terminal or advanced incurable illness to ask a doctor for assistance to die peacefully.
"I have decided to put forward this Bill as I have witnessed a number of deaths of close friends and family. I believe there has to be a better way for dealing with the end of life. This Bill provides both safeguards and compassion."