Speeches from politicians in vic

  • I would like to wish all those political campaigners out there who will be spending the next 10 days trying to convince people to vote for their particular political party the best of luck.
  • As noted, this bill is a whole grab bag of different amendments to different acts — six of them in total — to make various changes to those laws. Many of these provisions we support. There are a number we have concerns with.
  • My Greens colleagues and I do not oppose this bill. The bill enacts minor changes to Victoria's regulatory system for gene technology in keeping with the intergovernmental gene technology agreement of 2001. Under that agreement states and territories must have a consistent regulatory framework for any dealings with genetically modified organisms.
  • This is a small bill taking up a number of important issues. I do not plan to give the entire history of nature conservation in Victoria as part of my contribution. The previous speakers, particularly Mr Davis, have given us a very wide and broad exposition about almost everything to do with not just national parks but parks in general.
  • This is a most serious matter, and at times like this it is good to go back to the Constitution Act 1975 itself and actually read the relevant provisions, think about the plain meaning of the words contained, apply common sense if possible and as much as possible take off your political or loyalty hat and simply read the words in a common-sense way, applying to the background knowledge that we have in relation to how this great parliamentary system of ours has survived and delivered for so long.
  • As I said during the second-reading debate, I think public attitudes and changing practices in this area are moving along quite fast at the moment, and therefore the difficulty that this clause poses is that it will in fact slow down any necessary changes that could be made at the time of relicensing because licensing will occur every four years rather than every three years.
  • Just on this amendment made by Mr Young and also I think intermingled with the other changes that are made by the bill itself as to the emergency declarations, I have got a number of questions. Minister, you have been engaging with stakeholders in relation to this proposal to abolish this committee.
  • I am most disturbed to hear about further moves to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). This is an initiative that was set up by the Greens in conjunction with the Gillard government, and the purpose of it is to invest in those most cutting-edge renewable and other energy technologies in order to move forward that transition as fast as we possibly can. Unfortunately, the Turnbull government has been out to abolish it from the get-go.
  • I want to be careful not to destroy any more of what remains of the goodwill associated with getting this legislation passed as quickly as possible. There have been plenty of attempts to apportion blame in the debate so far and very few wanting to take on the responsibility. The fact is that this legislation, or the particular clause that is causing so much of a problem here, actually passed the Parliament not so long ago, and there would be many of us here who actually voted for it.
  • My question is directed to the Deputy Leader of the Government as the minister representing the minister representing the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, due to your government's failure to legislate the decision-making criteria under the Electricity Industry Act 2000 as it relates to payments to solar panel-owning homes and businesses and the electricity that they feed back into the grid, and due to the fact that the decision on next year's terms is due imminently, is this going to be the third year in a row in which under your government solar homes and businesses experience a cut to the payments made for the excess solar electricity that they feed into the grid?
  • The Greens will support the motion. This is the second time that Ms Wooldridge has moved this motion, but the government should be under no illusions: there is nothing routine or tokenistic about the moving of this motion.
  • On a point of order, President, on Tuesday I asked a question of the minister representing the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I believe you ordered an answer within two days and I have not received that answer.
  • I will be reasonably brief. The only matter that we ought to be debating in this chamber here today — the first order of business, the no.1 priority — is the joint sitting to swear in our new member, who is currently unable to take up his seat in the Parliament. Now, I am worried about the direction that this government is heading in.