Sue Pennicuik

MLC for Southern Metropolitan

Sue is the Victorian Greens spokesperson on Arts, Education, Justice, Corrections, Police, Racing, Tourism, and Animal Welfare. She is a passionate advocate for justice and equality and greater investment in public education and the arts.

Sue joined the Greens in 1996 due to her commitment to social justice, democracy, peace and ecological sustainability.

She was elected to state parliament in 2006, 2010 and 2014, representing the Southern Metropolitan region of Melbourne where she has lived for the past 25 years.

Sue has BAs in Arts and Phys Ed and a Masters in Environmental Science.

Before entering parliament, Sue worked in a variety of jobs including as a teacher and for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), where she coordinated occupational health and safety (OHS) campaigns including tackling stress and bullying at work, safer working hours and banning asbestos.

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“In light of the tragic siege in Brighton, it is understandable that questions are again being asked about the adequacy of Victoria’s parole system. However, it is important to remember that Victoria has strict parole laws after the state’s parole system was comprehensively reviewed following earlier tragedies,” Greens Justice Spokesperson Sue Pennicuik said today.

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Fri, 23/06/2017 - 12:45pm

Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) — I am very pleased to be speaking on the Appropriation (Parliament 2017–2018) Bill 2017 and that we are actually dealing with it, notwithstanding it being very late in the day, as mentioned by Mr Rich-Phillips. I agree that there is no reason why we could not have dealt with this bill and the Appropriation (2017–2018) Bill 2017 yesterday. No, we dealt with a very important bill yesterday — the Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017, which has a commencement date of 1 July 2018 so is not in any way an urgent bill.