• Lost Dogs Home claims reinforce need for independent regulator

    Greens animal welfare spokesperson Sue Pennicuik says allegations made about treatment of animals at the Lost Dogs Home reinforce the need for an independent regulatory body for animal welfare.

    “Allegations reported in the Age about conditions at the Lost Dogs Home will be of great concern to all Victorians,” Sue Pennicuik said.

  • Case for Melbourne Airport train line continues to grow

    The case for a train line to Melbourne Airport continues to grow as passenger movements reached record levels in October 2015. 

    Greens transport spokesperson Samantha Dunn says the Government should start planning the construction of a train line to the airport.

    “Cities around the world have rail connections to their airports, but Melbourne is being left behind,” Samantha Dunn said.

  • Government needs to repeal baseline sentencing

    Greens justice spokesperson Sue Pennicuik says the government should repeal baseline sentencing because it’s not needed and is unworkable.

    “Judges of the Appeal Court have said the defect in the legislation is incurable,” Sue Pennicuik said.

    “The courts don’t need baseline sentencing. The Government could better assist the courts by repealing baseline sentencing immediately.

    “The Greens have no problem with the Sentencing Advisory Council providing advice on sentencing generally, but the urgent need here is to repeal the baseline sentencing regime.

  • VET funding overhaul needed

    Greens TAFE and training spokesperson Sam Hibbins says that state and federal governments need to work together to overhaul the broken VET funding system.

    “Vulnerable Victorians are being taken advantage of by for profit private providers. The VET system has degenerated into a get rich quick scheme,” Sam Hibbins said.

    “The state government is tipping money into regulating the market driven VET funding policy which is a proven failure. It’s time they abandon the failed marketisation policy and shift funding back to Victoria’s quality public TAFE’s.