The Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017 implements a number of the recommendations from the review, Bail Review: First Advice to the Victorian Government, conducted by the Honourable Paul Coghlan, QC, following the terrible events of 20 January 2017 in Bourke Street, and implements recommendation 80 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Last Friday night my goddaughter, Emily, who has just completed a degree in zoology and animal science, and I went to hear Dr Jane Goodall speak in Melbourne. Jane Goodall is a hero of ours and of the thousands of people who were there to hear her speak and the millions of people all over the world who support and work for her many conservation programs.
So my question is: when will the new governance structures for Caulfield Racecourse Reserve be introduced?
I can say on behalf of the Greens, as is the case with all other parties, we will not be opposing the motion that is calling for documents. I listened to Mr Young's explanation as to why he has brought forward the motion. If I got the gist of it, it was that somehow perhaps the advice that is going from the police to police ministers in the context of the Council of Australian Governments discussions on firearms across Australia may be incorrect or not kosher.
I am very pleased to speak on the Sex Offenders Registration Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2017, which is before us this evening. The main purpose of the bill is to introduce some very important registration exemption orders under the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 (SORA). I am very pleased to see these reforms being introduced by the government. That, I would say, is the main reason for the bill and the main impetus behind the bill, but it also makes some other changes, particularly with regard to the collection of forensics samples, fingerprints and finger scans from those people who are currently on the sex offenders register and for whom the police do not have those forensics samples.
This year National Reconciliation Week coincided with some very significant anniversaries: 27 May marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum to amend the Australian constitution to include Aboriginal people in the constitution and to allow the commonwealth to create laws for them, which won the support of more than 90 per cent of Australians and all states; 3 June marks 25 years since the Mabo decision of the High Court that terra nullius should not have been applied to Australia and recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have rights to the land that existed before the British arrived and still exist today; and 26 May marked 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Parliament of Australia, chronicling the devastation that was wreaked on Aboriginal people by the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families.
I would like to start my contribution on the motion today by thanking the police and protective services officers (PSOs) for the work they do in the community on a daily basis. With regard to the actual motion that Mr O'Donohue has put forward today, I would have to make the comment that it is a little bit of a hotchpotch of points cobbled together. While I truly believe that the fundamental issues at stake here — whether there is a rising crime rate and the level of resourcing of the police service in Victoria — are important issues, I do not think this motion actually goes to those in any particularly serious way.
With regard to the motion brought by Mrs Peulich, who I note is not in the chamber and has not been since she gave her opening speech on the motion, I have to say that my overall comment on the motion is the absolute hypocrisy of Mrs Peulich bringing this motion to the chamber about the falling student enrolments in the training system, the effects on TAFE student enrolments, contestable funding, staffing et cetera. She is somehow implying by this motion that TAFE is faring worse under this current government than it did under the previous government. Having said that, it really is astonishing to see a member of the Liberal coalition government bring in a motion here trying to somehow defend TAFE when their performance over the last four years was to basically not support TAFE. I have got in my hand here a ream of evidence to support that.
The bill — for the first time in Australia, we are told — prohibits intentionally or recklessly operating remotely piloted aircraft and helicopters or drones and the possession of remotely piloted aircraft at or in the vicinity of prisons; residential facilities, like Corella Place; and youth justice facilities unless there is a reasonable excuse.
PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I move:
That the Council take note of the report.
And it is a pleasure today to present the second report of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee into the financial and performance outcomes. This is the second time that the committee has held hearings into these matters. The secretaries, deputy secretaries and other staff of the seven departments attended the hearings and also provided quite a lot of information on surveys, and I say that not by way of criticism but in the spirit of there always being room for improvement as to the timing of the receipt of that information and what is contained in it.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — It is somewhat disappointing to be going over old ground here with this particular motion.