Speeches from politicians in vic

  • 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.
  • Over the last week we have seen a blatant undermining by certain political leaders at both state and federal level of what makes our Victorian community great. Singling out people from certain ethnic minorities for punitive purposes or blame-shifting for whatever reason is tantamount to racial profiling and vilification. That is not the sort of leadership we need.
  • The enforcement and oversight powers for the Commission for Children and Young People included in this bill will continue the process of bolstering those standards and facilitating much-needed organisational change as community groups develop and implement these strategies, and that is a very good thing. The bill is the fulfilment of the minister's assurances last year that suitable legislation would be introduced to establish appropriate oversight and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Child protection is a particularly vexed issue for many of Victoria's Aboriginal communities. On the one hand, the state does have a responsibility to ensure that each and every Victorian child is protected from harm, abuse and neglect in cases where natural parents cannot do so, for whatever reason. On the other hand, the removal of Aboriginal children from their families has so often meant their removal from their communities and therefore also from their cultures and source of strength and identity.
  • My question is for the Minister for Agriculture. On the opening weekend of the duck shooting season at First Marsh, near Kerang, I noticed the presence of quite a large number of children at the wetland. In fact I saw some children entering the water accompanied by an adult with a shotgun.
  • I was amazed to hear the Minister for Agriculture in question time yesterday describe the opening of the duck shooting season last weekend as 'orderly' and 'a relief to hunters'. Only someone who was not present at the wetlands could make such a statement.
  • I will have to say from the outset that the Greens will not be able to support the motion moved by Mr Bourman today regarding sporting shooters and hunters, the so-called contribution made to the economy and the environment by those activities and the role of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in Australia.
  • Since the Victorian Court of Appeal confirmed in 2013 that there is no effective regulation of short-stay accommodation arrangements in apartment blocks, long-term residents have had very little power to do anything when those arrangements get out of hand.
  • On Friday last week the Turkish interior ministry issued detention orders for 13 Kurdish members of Parliament, resulting in 11 MPs being detained, including Selahattin Demirtas, who has been a guest of this Parliament in the past at an event hosted by my colleague Greg Barber and attended by many
  • From July next year consumers and community groups in New South Wales will be entitled to recover 10 cents upon the presentation of an empty beverage can or bottle
  • Greens MP Colleen Hartland questions Roads Minister Luke Donnellan on safe bike routes in Melbourne's inner west
  • Greens MP Colleen Hartland questions Roads Minister Luke Donnellan on safe bike routes in Melbourne's inner west
  • Greens MP Colleen Hartland gives a speech in parliament in honour of Arzu Baglar, a young mother of two who was killed on her bike in Yarraville on 10 March.