Speeches from politicians in vic

  • My question is to the Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Regional Development.
  • 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.
  • The petition of the Greyhound Equality Society (GES) and residents of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the 2015 Economy and Infrastructure Committee inquiry into the legislative and regulatory framework relating to restricted breed dogs recommendation to end the requirement for non-racing greyhounds to be muzzled in Victoria.
  • My question is to the Minister for Corrections representing the Attorney-General. I was disturbed to hear recent comments from the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, expressing a desire to use gaps and exemptions in the law provided to religious organisations to sack gay and lesbian teachers and to refuse to report disclosures of child sexual abuse that have been received during confession.
  • I am pleased to rise to speak on the Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendments Bill 2017. This bill amends the Jury Directions Act 2015 and makes related amendments to other acts, including the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 and the Juries Act 2000.
  • The Justice Legislation Amendment (Court Security, Juries and Other Matters) Bill 2017 is an omnibus bill which makes a range of amendments to various acts in the justice and regulation portfolio, including providing for a new security model for the Victorian courts and tribunals with the use of private security officers, appointing them as authorised officers with expanded powers.
  • The federal government's postal vote on marriage equality is playing out exactly as the Greens feared.
  • I ask the Minister for Training and Skills (for the Minister for Police): In light of the recommendation that an explicit target be set for recruitment of at least 50 per cent women for future squads of police and Protective Service Officers and that this remains in place until equality is achieved
  • I rise to speak on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2017. This bill does the following: it amends the Control of Weapons Act 1990 to provide police with additional powers so as to direct people wearing masks in certain circumstances to leave a designated area, it amends the Crimes Act 1958 to introduce new public order offences to replace existing common-law offences and it amends the Summary Offences Act 1966 to impose on local government a requirement to consult with Victoria Police when considering applications for permits that relate to proposed protests.
  • We know there are around 35 000 people on the public housing waiting list in Victoria, and this morning I spoke about homelessness and the growing rate of homelessness in Australia and in Victoria. In Victoria it has increased by more than 20 per cent — almost 21 per cent — in the last 10 years.
  • This week is Homelessness Week. There are certainly few issues more serious than being homeless — having nowhere to stay, nowhere to sleep, nowhere to keep your things, nowhere to eat your meals, nowhere to shower or wash your clothes, nowhere to go home to or to call home.
  • I rise to speak on the Crimes Amendment (Ramming of Police Vehicles) Bill 2017, a private members bill introduced by Mr Ed O'Donohue. The bill does the following: it creates a specific offence under the Crimes Act 1958 for ramming a police vehicle and provides for mandatory sentencing of a fixed non-parole period of two years imprisonment unless the court finds that a special reason exists under section 10A of the Sentencing Act 1991.
  • The Greens will support the motion put forward by Mr O'Donohue. Of course the events being referred to as the Brighton siege in the electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region were very concerning and, I think, are of ongoing concern to the community as to what was behind the events that day and of course the terrible loss of life, injury and trauma suffered by people who were caught up in it.
  • The Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Bill 2017 does the following major things. It repeals the baseline sentencing scheme which was introduced by the previous government and in its stead establishes a new scheme called the standard sentencing scheme for certain indictable offences. It also enhances the guideline judgement scheme and makes an amendment to the definition of 'arson offence'.