Last week, for the first time since 2009, an additional sitting day was called in Victorian Parliament to allow more time to debate the taxi tax (or Uber levy). Formally known as the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017, the Bill covers a lot, but the key points are:
As stakeholders in the timber and paper products industry in Victoria start to brawl over the reducing supply of sawlogs and pulp logs, the blame game has started. Instead of asking "why is there a not enough supply, and what could we have done better?", the questions have generally been "who can we blame?"
For two weeks in late May and early June 2017, Senate Committees will hold hearings to examine the Federal Government's 2017/18 budget.
The recent budget saw massive cuts to higher education, proposals to drug-test welfare recipients, a much-needed crackdown on the massive profits of banks and it continued the government's complete ignorance towards climate change. Stay tuned during the week as we highlight the important parts of Senate Estimates.
Sunday the 12th of February was the delightful Clayton Street Festival.
Like the Lunar New Year festival a few weeks prior, this ferstival is a superb example of celebrating our multicultrualism.
The Premier should be starting to worry. Last month, his government quietly decided a metre doesn’t matter, and that they wouldn’t be embracing legislation for a minimum passing distance. Instead, they’re proposing an education campaign - a good step, but not a complete solution.
The aspirations driving the establishment of an independent arbiter of infrastructure needs were admirable. Infrastructure planning in Victoria has become too politicised. The old Labor and Liberal parties hastily come up with plans only to see them scrapped when they lose government. Major projects are supported or opposed not on their merits, but on whether political points can be scored. Years of planning and design work can be dismissed solely because it is perceived as being tainted by the prior government.
In Victoria, we have the opportunity to lead the transition from a dirty, polluting fossil fuel vehicle fleet to electric.
On the first week of Parliament in 2017, the Greens successfully moved a motion for an Inquiry into how to incentivise the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs).
Here are just five of the top reasons why it’s time to introduce EVs.
If you're a public transport user in Victoria, you've likely suffered long wait times and felt claustrophobic on an overcrowded service at some point.
Data the Greens obtained under Freedom of Information in January last year showed that over half of Melbourne's rail lines were overloaded during the morning peak.