Speeches from politicians in vic

  • 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.
  • Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I am pleased to speak on the motion that Mr Davis has put forward today with regard to the Markham estate, which is a motion in four parts. In essence the motion is about the lack of consultation with regard to the proposed redevelopment by Places Victoria — I presume now by Development Victoria; the privatisation of part of that public estate at this site in Ashburton; and that the City of Boroondara is best placed to be and should be the responsible authority for any planning decisions affecting the development of the Markham estate.
  • PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — On 2 May Mr Purcell made a members statement in support of the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, a three-day racing carnival in which he said the Grand Annual Steeplechase, which is over 5500 metres and has a world record 33 jumps, is a highlight. I have to disagree with Mr Purcell; I find that type of race to be nothing short of animal abuse.
  • This week has been declared the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week...
  • My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Planning. It is in relation to the City of Knox...
  • Firstly, I think it is important to talk to the foreshadowed amendments. Before I do that, I ask that they be circulated...
  • I rise to speak on the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016. This bill provides some badly needed improvements to the regulatory framework...
  • My question is for the Special Minister of State representing the Premier.
  • With the announcement by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods that it will be conducting a staged closure of the Heyfield mill due to an insufficient supply of logs from VicForests...
  • (1) what assessments are conducted for prisoners upon entry to each prison to assess the level of drug treatment that is needed;