Speeches from politicians in VIC

  • The Greens slam the Labor Government tough on crime approach to drugs in this legislation, saying that it fails to recognise international evidence that harm minimisation is the most effective approach to reducing drug abuse.
  • Nina questioning the minister about public transport and new open space
  • Nina speaking on the need to implement the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust inquiry.
  • The Justice Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2015 is indeed an omnibus bill that makes amendments, many of them technical amendments, to a large number — some 20-odd — of acts. I will be referring to the most substantial of those amendments that are in the bill, not to every single amendment to every single act that is covered in this omnibus bill.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I feel like this has been not only the most productive but the most fun year in the Legislative Council in my nine years, and that is for seven main reasons: the Presiding Officers' excellent work, which has made sure that the umpiring has been scrupulous this year; the staff of Parliament, who often exceed us in number but do their work very efficiently to make sure we can go on being political gladiators; the new Greens in Parliament —
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — The Greens are pleased to support this motion relating to drought conditions in regional Victoria, acknowledging the serious drought that is continuing to develop in Victoria and calling on the government to develop urgent assistance packages for farmers and country communities. Leaving aside the issue of an ill-considered tweet by the Minister for Agriculture, on which Mr Drum spent some time, what we have in front of us is a very serious problem requiring some very serious consideration by the house.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — As a member of this committee and also as a Green, I went to the inquiry unconvinced that the privatisation of the port of Melbourne was a good idea for a number of reasons, and the longer the committee went on I collected more and more reasons to oppose the privatisation. It is for that reason that I opposed the main recommendation of the majority report — that the port be sold. However, if the port is to be sold, we think that a large number of the other amendments to the bill that are proposed — to the regulations and even to the associated deal — should certainly be made.
  • BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I find it absolutely astounding that any government at any level anywhere on Earth finds it possible to move forward with a policy of doing nothing on climate change. On Monday we will see a summit of world leaders, and federal environment minister Greg Hunt will be going there saying he does not need to do anything, because he is taking credit for actions that were taken in the past to reduce our emissions.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — My question is to the Special Minister of State in regard to his responsibilities for the reform and improvement of Victoria's integrity systems. Yesterday we had tabled in this house a report from the Ombudsman, and I would like to quote a couple of things that she said in the accompanying press release: Rules governing donations to political candidates in Victoria are inadequate and should be reformed to protect both public confidence in the electoral system and the reputation of people standing for election.
  • To the Legislative Council of Victoria: The petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the desire of citizens to continue to enjoy sustainable seafood commercially caught in Port Phillip Bay. The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council reject any bill that prohibits commercial harvesting of fish and seafood from Port Phillip Bay.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture (for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety): In relation to the Strategic Cycling Corridors as prepared by VicRoads: (1) What is the extent and program of activities in relation to community consultation that will be undertaken to inform and update the Victorian Cycling Strategy and new action plan.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture (for the Minister for Public Transport): In relation to the Metro Trains Melbourne's recent public announcement of plans to split the train network into five independent networks — (1) What legal obligation does the Government retain to approve those plans.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture: In relation to the logging coupe knows as “Rusty,” near the township of Toolangi, coupe address “297-547-0007”: (1) What action is the Minister taking to “regenerate” this coupe.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture: In relation to the logging coupe knows as “Tassie,” near the township of Toolangi, coupe address “297-823-0003”: (1) What action is the Minister taking to “regenerate” this coupe.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture: In relation to the 284 logging coupes removed from the amended 2015 Timber Release Plan, in particular the Minister's comments in Parliament on 20 October 2015 that “Of the 284 coupes removed from the latest Timber Release Plan, 60 coupes were unharvested and 224 coupes were successfully regenerated”:
  • We know Victoria is the only state where young people are eligible for a probationary driving licence at the age of 18. This could be a significant disadvantage for them, given what we know of other states and territories where young people can get their licence at 17 years of age.