Speeches from politicians in VIC

  • I refer to recent media reports of illegal logging of 1 hectare of rainforest on the Errinundra Plateau in East Gippsland. Will the minister guarantee that all logging operations will cease in the Errinundra Plateau area of East Gippsland while this matter is being investigated and until preventive action is taken to ensure that the causes of any unlawful logging have been addressed?
  • The Greens have called on the Government to make public waiting lists for outpatient appointments with surgeons, which together with wait lists for elective surgery, represent the true waiting time.
  • The Greens call on the Government to include providing independent health infrastructure planning advice in Infrastructure Victoria's mandate.
  • Some 80% of Victorians believe terminally ill people deserve the choice of when and where they die, and to die with dignity. The Greens have called for a Victorian Law Reform Commission inquiry to explore the legal and ethical dimensions of reform and recommend a way forward.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — On 21 March I attended the opening of the duck shooting season at Lake Murphy near Kerang. In addition to the longstanding Greens policy of seeing duck shooting banned, which is strongly supported by all animal welfare, wildlife and ornithological organisations, this season should not have gone ahead. Dry conditions and low bird numbers this year were similar to those in 2007 and 2008, when the then Labor government called moratoriums. The spectacle of shooters blasting birds out of the sky is highly distressing, as can be seen from footage I took that morning and have uploaded onto YouTube. I personally saw several wounded birds flapping around on the surface of the water.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I am pleased to speak on the motion that has been moved by Mr Rich-Phillips today and which is essentially to confer upon the three Legislative Council standing committees, be they in the legislation or reference mode, the ability to self-reference. Most people in the chamber today would be aware that I have been advocating on this issue for quite some time — at least five years. The short, potted history is that back in 2009 I moved a motion that the standing orders consider the establishment of standing committees for the Legislative Council.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — My question is to the Minister for Training and Skills. Recently public housing tenants in Prahran were signed up to inappropriate vocational education and training (VET) courses with the inducement of iPads and laptops. Many of the residents targeted were vulnerable, elderly or on a disability support pension. What action has the government undertaken in response to this case to assist those residents who were inappropriately enrolled in these courses and to ensure that tax dollars have not been rorted by this private provider?
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — Clause 8 is a very simple clause. All it does is omit the words 'section 88 of' from section 45(2)(m)(iii) of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012. My reading of that — and I am wondering if the minister can help clarify this — is that that would in effect mean that the obligation on the creditor is to apply to the full code and not to section 88 of the code.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — The Greens will be supporting the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Child Safe Schools) Bill 2015, which enacts two recommendations from the report of the Family and Community Development Committee entitled Betrayal of Trust on its inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations.
  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I request is that he ensure that further work on the Western Highway Duplication project cease, while the environmental impacts are further considered. The Beaufort to Stawell section of the Western Highway Duplication Project proceeded through the planning process, overseen by the former government in 2013. This section triggered the environmental impacts assessment process required by the legislative scheme that is intended to protect native vegetation.
  • Healthy Together Victoria is a flagship and highly effective program in obesity prevention and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles in communities with poor health. It must be refunded in the forthcoming Victorian budget.
  • The students of Mountain Gate Primary School know that we need to stand up for the Leadbeater’s Possum wherever possible. I thank the children of Class 6W for writing to me last week about their concerns. They know about the impact of logging on the habitat of Victoria’s faunal emblem. They know that the only way to guarantee its survival is to create the Great Forests National Park. The tree hollows that provide a home to the Leadbeater’s Possum and many other animals are only found in old mountain ash forests. Forests that are a unique asset to the people of Victoria. Forests that filter our water, protect biodiversity and provide an incredible asset for tourism and public health. Assets for future generations that deserve protection.
  • I know how important buses are in the areas of Melbourne that are not serviced by trains and trams. I ask the government not to get distracted by projects like the Melbourne Metro rail project.
  • Labor’s policy, supported by the Greens, was to retain the entire reserve as public open space with management passed to Parks Victoria. A bicycle path would also be constructed along the full length of the reserve from Springvale Road to Boronia Road. A sum of $650 000 was to be provided to partly fund this path.
  • Rail services from Doncaster Hill to the city would only take 20 minutes and would provide a genuine alternative to car travel. Each train could remove 800 cars from the road, which is badly needed, with peak‑hour traffic at gridlock along the Eastern Freeway. Doncaster rail is a far better solution to ease congestion than the east–west tunnel ever was.