SPEECHES | Sue Pennicuik
  • I am very pleased to speak today on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Access to Justice) Bill 2018, which is an omnibus bill and makes amendments to a large number of acts in the justice portfolio. In particular it focuses on 16 of the 60 recommendations made in the Access to Justice Review, which was released in August 2016, and that was undertaken by the Department of Justice and Regulation with the assistance of Crown Counsel Melinda Richards, SC, and the former chair of the Queensland Legal Aid Commission, Rachel Hunter. I have read the report, and I think it is a really good report. One would say it is a timely, if not actually overdue, report.
  • Residents living on and near Yarra Boulevard in Kew continue to raise concerns about the use and safety of this road, which is under the care, management and responsibility of VicRoads, with council responsible for the footpaths and Parks Victoria for the adjacent parkland.
  • In November last year the famous ABC TV studios in Gordon Street, Elsternwick, officially closed. What is to become of the iconic studios where shows such as Countdown, Adventure Island, Bellbird, Kath and Kim, the Late Show, SeaChange, Spicks and Specks, Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, the Big Gig and In Gordon Street Tonight were filmed has been the subject of much debate for at least the past five years or since the ABC started to move TV production to Southbank.
  • My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and it relates to the Arthurs Seat chairlift, which is now known as the Arthurs Seat Eagle. I first raised this issue in February 2016 on behalf of residents who were concerned about the adverse impacts on native vegetation landscapes and the local amenity that the sky lift would have.
  • The most recent regional sitting that the Legislative Council undertook was in September 2012 when the Legislative Council went for one day to the City of Greater Bendigo for a regional sitting. We really moved the whole of the Legislative Council to Bendigo and the Legislative Assembly to Ballarat at the same time.
  • To ask the Minister for Trade and Investment (for the Minister for Tourism and Major Events): What funding, including sponsorships, grants or other funding, has the Victorian Government provided in total and in all forms of allocation to the Avalon 2017 Aerospace and Defence Exposition in each year since 2012.
  • This petition has been set up by the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds. Since the live baiting scandal in 2015, greyhound racing has been thrown into the spotlight. What Victorians have learnt is that this is a gambling industry that is based on abhorrent animal cruelty and criminal behaviour.
  • The Service Victoria Bill 2017 that we are debating this afternoon has been on the notice paper for quite some time. It has been the subject of quite a long series of discussions between us, the government and the various parties in the chamber as to its merits and in fact the need for it in essence.
  • The report outlines the process that the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, in its role under the Parliamentary Budget Officer Act 2017, plays in the recruitment and recommendation to the minister and the Governor in Council for appointment of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, which of course in this case is the first Parliamentary Budget Officer appointed in Victoria.
  • I would also like to speak briefly on the financial and performance outcomes report tabled today from the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and to echo my thanks to the committee secretariat, as named by Ms Patten, for their fabulous work on this report. It is worth remembering that this is only the third time a financial and performance outcomes report has been tabled by the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.
  • My question is for the Minister for Agriculture and follows from her verbal and written responses to my questions about the ability of the government to effectively regulate duck shooting over the past few weeks.
  • Last week the citizens of the City of Port Phillip, surrounding suburbs and beyond were subjected once again to the noise and disruption of Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Albert Park itself has been disrupted for months by the set-up for the race and will continue to be disrupted as the race is packed up. Some of the infrastructure never goes away.
  • The motion I moved today starts with the house noting the Ombudsman's report on the investigation of a matter referred from the Legislative Council on 25 November 2015, some 28 months ago. It has been a very, very long time between when the matter was referred to the Ombudsman and the tabling of the report this week in Parliament and its release last week.
  • The Greens will be supporting the motion moved by Mr Davis that amendment C298 to the Boroondara planning scheme, which applies to the land at 3 and 10 Markham Avenue, Ashburton, which was gazetted on 1 February and tabled on 6 February, be revoked. As Mr Davis has said, we have spoken about the issue of the Markham estate redevelopment several times in this chamber.
  • On 21 September last year, by way of adjournment, I requested that the minister disallow horse-drawn vehicles as a class of vehicle inside the Hoddle grid.
  • My question is for the Minister for Agriculture and follows from her verbal and written responses to my questions about the ability of the government to effectively regulate duck shooting over the past few weeks. The Pegasus report that you told me on 18 February you would not release has been released by others and is damning of the ability of the Game Management Authority (GMA) to enforce duck shooting regulations.