• Greg Barber has gone fishing. On behalf of my Greens parliamentary colleagues and the thousands of Greens members with whom he has worked and supported over the years, I would like to thank him for his immense contribution to the Greens and to green politics.
  • On the walls of the Caulfield RSL, where my paternal grandfather was a founding member and my dad was also a member for many years, is a series of photos from the First World War. I always look at these photos.
  • We have another motion brought by Mrs Peulich with regard to the training system, and it is a bit of a Groundhog Day experience here talking about how the training system has fared in this state over the last nine or 10 years, certainly since 2008.
  • I am pleased to speak this evening on the WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, which is a bill that the Greens fully support. It is a good bill that brings in provisions that will benefit workers and families of workers and will increase penalties for employers who are responsible for deaths and/or injuries in the workplace but also for perhaps tampering with the scene where a worker has been injured or killed and not notifying the authority of what they are required to notify them of under the act.
  • I am pleased to speak on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breed Dogs) Bill 2017. It is in fact a reasonably straightforward and simple bill that deals with a very complicated, complex and contested issue in the community.
  • My question is for the Minister for Corrections. Yesterday it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry has joined a growing list of judges who are critical of the shortage of psychiatric treatment for people in custody. He was so concerned about one young man who urgently needed help that he was considering releasing him on bail despite him remaining a risk.
  • In terms of this issue, it is essential for public safety and for the safety and welfare of horses that horse-drawn vehicles are no longer allowed to operate inside the Hoddle grid, and I ask that the Minister for Roads take action to disallow that.
  • Threats that are facing our smallest mammals in Australia and Victoria such as the Leadbeater's possum and greater gliders include logging in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland.
  • My question for the minister is: has everyone who was a former resident of the Gatwick Hotel been housed, and are there processes in place to ensure that they continue in housing and do not become homeless?
  • My question today is for the Minister for Corrections. In the July parliamentary break my colleague Ms Springle and I visited Tarrengower and Loddon prisons, and I would like to thank the corrections commissioner and the staff of those prisons for facilitating those visits and indeed some of the prisoners we were able to speak to.
  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and it relates to the costing of major events. This week it was announced by the minister that the Victorian government will no longer be sponsoring the Logies.
  • My adjournment matter is for the Attorney-General. The recent report by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales evaluating the Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) summary crime program provides a disturbing picture of a system in crisis.
  • The Greens will also not oppose the motion put forward by Mr Davis today. The motion starts out by asking that the house: "notes the Andrews government's stated commitment to openness and transparency, in particular its stated commitment to provide for business cases for important government projects."
  • On 26 August I was heartwarmed and very excited to attend the Equal Love marriage equality rally and mass illegal wedding in Melbourne. I have attended these rallies and illegal weddings since they first started following the change of the Marriage Act 1961 by the Howard government in 2004. It was just fantastic to see tens of thousands of people pack out the streets of Melbourne.
  • I would like to congratulate the City of Yarra and the City of Darebin on deciding to no longer conduct citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. Other councils are considering doing the same. It is up to councils when their citizenship ceremonies are held.
  • I am rising to speak on behalf of the Greens on motion 448, which was moved by Mrs Peulich, to disallow certain parts of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.