Speeches from politicians in vic

  • The Labor Party went to the election with no policy in relation to unconventional gas, but after a couple of years of pondering they have decided to adopt the Greens policy, which is to permanently ban it.
  • To ask the Minister for Agriculture (for the Minister for Public Transport): The 2016-17 State Budget has allocated “$5 million for development work for new tracks between Upfield and Somerton that can support new V/Line services to Wallan”, with the expected completion date in the fourth quarter of 2017-18:
  • The Greens will support this bill, which amends the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 to stipulate further declaration requirements when livestock are moved and to provide further requirements for feeding of certain materials to pigs. I originally thought we would be debating this bill around about April, but it has been hanging around for quite some time.
  • President, on a point of order, the Minister for Agriculture sought to discharge my second question by saying that the press release I was referring to was the responsibility of another minister. In fact the press release headed 'Hog Deer Hunting Trial on Snake Island' from the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on 22 August 2016 also has quotes attributable to both those ministers —
  • My question is for the Minister for Agriculture. Minister, in your policy announcements associated with the budget this year you introduced the aim of maintaining sustainable deer populations for hunting purposes. What information does your department have on the current population levels across the different species of deer, what are the growth rates of those populations and what levels do you consider to be sustainable?
  • No, thank you. I will not change my position on this issue, but thank you for the invitation, Ms Shing. The reason is, leaving aside if we can for a moment the various political positions that we might like to take and thinking more about a future record and how some Legislative Council possibly many years in the future may want to consider what it is that is going on here, we will just go back to the constitution itself. As they say, when all else fails read the instruction manual.
  • If it is of assistance, President, I will keep my hands in my pockets to avoid any gestures at anyone. When Ms Mikakos, on behalf of the government, described this motion to defer debate on the bill as an extraordinary act, two things immediately came to mind. The first is that it is a matter of routine in the other house that on a Tuesday morning the government with its numbers comes in and announces the guillotine and announces which bills will be debated or will be voted upon by 4.30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon.
  • Labor, you have got a bit of a problem. One of your coal-fired power stations plans to expand its capacity and burn an extra 400 000 tonnes of coal a year. This is now going to go for public comment and before Environment Protection Authority Victoria for approval.
  • Well, how about that? Labor finally get around to doing the right thing, and they are still doing it for entirely the wrong reasons. There has not been some great change of heart. There has not been some reconsideration. There has not been some overwhelming public opinion. Like so many other things that Labor does, it is due to some sort of internal factional power play.
  • This bill, among other things, increases penalties for offences like driving off-road, damaging or destroying vegetation, damaging or destroying natural features, damaging or destroying native fauna, and polluting. If only someone could enforce these laws in relation to the Andrews government's destructive environmental practices in the native forests of Victoria! I wish somewhere there was some kind of global police officer who could come down here and actually enforce on the Andrews government massive fines for the exact practices that are talked about in this bill.
  • I thank the members who have contributed on this motion for the perspectives that they have added to the debate. Mrs Peulich fell straight into the usual trap right from the beginning, and that is that she said that if we were to pay people for the electrons they produce off their solar systems, off their roofs, then we would be subsidising one group of houses; that is to say, people who do not have solar panels would be subsidising those people who have solar panels.
  • I move: That this house calls on the government to introduce a fair price for electricity exported by small-scale solar generators, whereby the feed-in tariff is paid by the electricity retailer at the same rate per kilowatt hour that the customer is charged.
  • I move: That, further to the resolution of this house on 10 February 2016 directing the President to act as the representative of the Legislative Council of Victoria in the Supreme Court proceedings pursuant to section 27 of the Ombudsman Act 1973, this house —
  • Minister, there are numerous references to sustainability in the legislation but no definition of sustainability in the very important definitions section of the bill. Why is this?
  • Well, we all know what this one is. It is the Game Management Authority (GMA) all over again. It is taking a government department that already exists and already performs a number of functions and turning it into a statutory authority. Is that because it will make things more transparent and more accountable? No — quite the opposite.