Speeches from politicians in vic

  • I would like to talk today about public transport. I commend the efforts of my colleagues, Greens MPs and Greens councillors in Victoria, who were out last week talking to commuters about the troubles they are facing on our public transport system.
  • On a point of order, President, yesterday I asked the Minister for Agriculture a question about children on the wetlands during the duck shooting season. The minister was good enough to supply an answer as required by you, and that answer implies that children under 12 years old should not be on the wetlands.
  • The Greens recognise the critical importance of universal access to high-quality, affordable child care, and we strongly support efforts to continually professionalise and increase access to child care. A substantial number of amendments within the bill are aimed at improving regulation and quality of the family day care system. This component of child care is one that has grown substantially over the last 10 years in a number of areas.
  • Next week the noise and pollution of Melbourne's grand prix will descend on the city, along with declining numbers of sports tourists injecting an unconfirmed sum of money into the Victorian economy with dubious benefits. As tradition apparently dictates, grid girls will meet and greet fans and pose for photographs.
  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Families and Children. The action I am seeking is that she remove the requirement for government school principals and school council presidents to sign statutory declarations as part of their child safe obligations, noting legal advice that it is unnecessary and unsuited to the purpose and noting that there are alternative instruments that would fulfil the same purpose.
  • Adolescent violence in the home has increased substantially over the last 10 years. Data from Victoria Police from between 2007 and 2012 showed a 40 per cent jump in incidents over that period. More recent data is not available, but those working in the field believe this trend has continued over recent years.
  • While there are so many challenges that Victorian and Australian women face on a daily basis, today I would like to reflect on this house and take stock of our own progress. Looking around this chamber I see many women, but frankly not enough. Women's representation in Australian politics has improved over the past 20 years, but progress has been sluggish.
  • Victorians deserve to know the basis for Ms Mikakos's decision to propose a brand-new youth justice facility at Werribee South. On youth justice the Andrews government has been short on detail, information and consultation and very long on rhetoric.
  • I move that this house takes note of the rising vilification of and discrimination against Victorian Muslims and calls on all political parties to take a stand against this and to preference One Nation last on the ballot at the 2018 Victorian state election.
  • We have argued strongly for many years now that the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report and the Cummins report must be implemented in full and as soon as possible. We support independent oversight of investigations into misconduct within any organisation that works with children
  • An underpinning of what has made Victorian multiculturalism strong over the decades is the resilience of our communities. Through generations of migrants and refugees like mine, who have landed on these shores and made a life for themselves despite the hardships that have come before their arrival, so many have embraced the opportunities presented with both hands and triumphed.
  • I rise today to talk about a trip that I made the weekend before last up to an area just out of Lexton for the Rainbow Serpent Festival to view and be shown around the festival and its new safe space for women, including women who have been victims of sexual assault.
  • Australian research has found that around half of all women report having been harassed or assaulted at licensed venues. We also know that Australia in general and Victoria in particular have very high rates of sexual violence by a non-partner when measured globally.
  • On Sunday, in such explosive political times, it was a real pleasure and privilege to attend, with my Greens colleague Greg Barber and David Southwick, the member for Caulfield in the other place, a multicultural picnic in Caulfield organised by the Jewish community to celebrate diversity and social cohesion.
  • The Greens strongly support the government's efforts to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Implementing these recommendations represents a catalyst for the deconstruction of a toxic culture that is deeply embedded within the psyche of our nation, a culture that finds its root causes in the power imbalance between men and women.
  • It is clear from the Working with Children Checks Report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that a national approach is required to working with children checks.