Speeches from politicians in VIC

  • There have been serious health and safety concerns regarding neglected social housing sites situated at the old 1956 Olympic Village in Heidelberg West in Eastern Metropolitan Region.
  • My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Many of my constituents and a local community group from the suburb of Montmorency, about 20 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, are concerned about the decline of sugar gliders in the area.
  • Over the past four to six weeks I have had the pleasure of attending many community festivals supported by their local councils. I have been along to the Eltham festival, the Mallahang festival, the Whitehorse festival and the Maroondah Festival.
  • My question is for the Minister for Agriculture. The VicForests Annual Report 2014–15 describes current contingent liabilities as ‘claims for commercial losses ... in relation to alleged non-performance under a timber sale agreement’.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I was just reading motion 195, and I think a couple of words have been omitted from its long list of matters. I am not sure if it was an oversight, a typo or — heaven forbid! — an error in transcription in the preparation of the notice paper. Amongst the many failures of the government in its first year across health, education and the economy, I was expecting to come to the words 'climate change'.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I move: That, pursuant to section 16 of the Ombudsman Act 1973, this house refers the following matter to the Ombudsman for investigation and report: (1) allegations that ALP members of the Victorian Parliament misused members' staff budget entitlements, against the provisions of the Parliament of Victoria Members' Guide, that is, 'Electorate officers are employees of the Parliament of Victoria, and are directly accountable to the member in whose electorate office they work
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — The measures contained in this bill are well covered by the minister's second-reading speech and the remarks of the lead speaker for the opposition. Therefore we do not want to labour the point. The Greens will be supporting this bill.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I am really quite perturbed that it seems that the Labor, Liberal and Nationals parties will be getting together to all but eliminate an option for Victorian consumers who love fish to have fresh, flavoursome, locally produced and sustainable fish from Port Phillip Bay on the menu. It is very disappointing that so few consumers of fish here in Melbourne even understand that this is happening.
  • Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — While the purpose of the bill might be to buy out licences, the second-reading speech and whole thrust of the legislation is purported to be to improve opportunities for recreational fishers. This is even referred to quite extensively in the second-reading speech, so I would like to address a few issues there.
  • I rise to speak on the Local Government Amendment (Fair Go Rates) Bill 2015. The bill amends the Local Government Act 1989 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2001 to provide a mechanism to set a cap on the increases in rate revenue able to be levied by a council in a financial year as well. It also makes consequential amendments. This bill allows the minister to set a cap on the increases in rate revenue that can be levied, it allows councils to apply for a variation to the cap — and in that a council would need to make an application for variations to the Essential Services Commission — and it ensures that rate capping is based on CPI.
  • The Terrorism (Community Protection) Amendment Bill 2015 makes some changes to the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003, which was enacted in this Parliament before I was elected, so this is the first substantial opportunity I have had to deal with amendments to that regime.
  • After closure of Footscray Primary School oval due to ongoing surfacing of asbestos rubble, Greens have called for action from the Andrews Government.
  • This week, 23–27 November, is Asbestos Awareness Week. I take the opportunity to express my condolences to the millions of people and their families around the world whose lives have been destroyed by asbestos. Australia has the highest per capita rates of asbestos-related diseases in the world. It has held this dubious distinction for decades, and deaths from asbestos-related diseases — mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer — are expected to peak around 2020 with up to 40 000 deaths.
  • As members would be aware, three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up and Australian crowd favourite Red Cadeaux was euthanised 17 days after sustaining injuries in the Melbourne Cup on 3 November. I have no doubt that those close to the horse and the general public are saddened by his injury and his death, as am I.
  • Greens were proud today to vote for creating safe access zones to protect women from harassment around abortion clinics.
  • Greens question Labor over the delayed Fire Services Review