Speeches from politicians in vic

  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. As the minister would be aware, Melbourne Water is doing a major refurbishment of the sewer that happens to run down the middle of the St Georges Road median strip.
  • I have heard that up in Canberra last night the Greens were playing a drinking game. Every time the federal Treasurer in his budget speech mentioned the words 'climate change' or 'inequality', you had to throw back a shot of tequila. Not surprisingly they are fairly clear-eyed up there.
  • The last speaker invited us to think about the big picture, but let us start with the very small picture here of the bill that is in front of us. It is 18 months since I brought this problem into the house: the problem of rapacious poles and wires energy companies driving solar customers crazy with long time lines and arcane paperwork. It is 18 months since I first brought to the attention of the house 22 cases of solar panel owners who were trying to get connected to the grid, who had either been delayed or been downsized by their local power provider.
  • My question is for Mr Jennings, representing the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. The minister's government inherited a number of grants to projects seeking to develop products from coal from the last government. As a result of the drip-feed of information we have been getting in the chamber on these coal projects, we have now learnt that the milestones for the two surviving projects — that is, the first milestones for Coal Energy Australia and for Ignite — are to achieve all necessary regulatory approvals.
  • My question is to the Minister for Regional Development, Ms Pulford. In relation to the passenger rail options component of the Murray Basin rail project, can the minister provide the house with any detail about how the government is going in considering different options and what work has been done, and what information can she provide us with about the possibility of including passenger rail in the project?
  • Australia has just experienced the hottest March in recorded history. I repeat that: the hottest March in recorded history. I do not know if there is any member who wants to jump up and suggest that the Bureau of Meteorology faked that data, but the anomaly was 1.7 degrees over the long-term recorded average.
  • In April the government provided a $100 000 grant to the Ryan and McNulty timber mill in Benalla to expand its capacity to process native forest timbers, including mountain ash from the Central Highlands. Was the grant intended as a way to inflate the value of the company should any compensation arrangements be an outcome from the forest industry task force?
  • I have been provided with details of a conversation with Mr Walsh from VicForests who advised a community member that VicForests has no capacity to swap out the Imperium logging coupe, a coupe that contains Leadbeater's possum,
  • My constituency question is for the Minister of Housing. It relates to concerns from residents of the Lakewood Community Managed Co-operative based in Larissa Ave, Ringwood.
  • In relation to the Chandler Highway widening and bridge duplication project proposed by VicRoads and seeking information that is not included on the Chandler Highway widening and bridge duplication project
  • In relation to the 2014 election promise made by the Labor candidate for the seat of Forest Hill, Ms Pauline Richards, that Labor would support the protection of the Healesville Freeway Reserve between Springvale Road and Boronia Road and it's reservation as Crown land:
  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture. The Victorian government and VicForests are facing the same market failures for woodchips as the New South Wales government. The Australia Institute has released a discussion paper entitled Money doesn't grow on trees — The financial and economic losses of native forestry in NSW.
  • I raise the issue of the recent spate of breaches by VicForests in the rainforest areas of East Gippsland — up to five in three months. Can the minister advise why VicForests cannot identify protected rainforest species?
  • In relation to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail (MPCT) and user safety, which has been impacted by the CityLink Tulla Widening Project, creating a dangerous blind corner near the entrance to Strathmore Secondary College:
  • In relation to the revegetation and rehabilitation of Mount Disappointment State Forest, devastated by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire, there is community concern that there is further damage to the State Forest from off-road vehicles, including motor bikes and four wheel drives:
  • In relation to the Victorian Auditor General Office report on Tendering of Metropolitan Bus Contract and the recommendations in relation to Public Transport Victoria's lack of adequate bus performance monitoring: