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Gas Exploration Near 12 Apostles

The Federal Government is opening an area close to the Twelve Apostles National Park for gas exploration, a decision reportedly made "jointly with the states". Gas (aka methane) is a fossil fuel and a leading cause of global heating and extreme weather events. To stop runaway climate change, there can be no new oil and gas projects.

Injecting Rooms Save Lives

I would like to start by commending the government for deciding to build a second supervised injecting room in Melbourne, this time in the CBD. This matter of public importance goes into some detail about perceived problems around the site of the supervised injecting room.  

Gambling Regulation Amendment (wagering And Betting Tax) Bill 2021

The Gambling Regulation Amendment (wagering And Betting Tax) bill is a handout to the racing industry, an increase in a wagering and betting tax that will go straight to the coffers of our wealthy horse and greyhound racing codes.

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Amendment Bill 2021

The Non-Emergency Patient Transport Amendment Bill 2021 amends the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Act 2003 to provide for the licensing and regulation of commercial first aid services, to further provide for the licensing and regulation of non-emergency patient transport services, to abolish the accreditation scheme for licence holders who operate stand-by services, to increase penalties for certain offences and to introduce new offences.

Zero and Low Emission Vehicle Distance-based Charge Bill 2021

Uniquely in the world, Victoria proposes a tax on the only cars that have zero emissions. Putting a tax on these is a bit like putting a tax on some other clean technology very early in its evolution.

Integrity and Oversight Committee

"Accountability matters and we cannot continue to disregard or undermine the institutions established to protect us against corruption, either directly through political denial and obstruction, or indirectly through underfunding integrity agencies."

Drugs, Poisons And Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 20200310

"The Greens enthusiastically support the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2020. It is a bill to reduce harm in the community, and it also sends a message of care rather than the message of deterrence that is inherent in prohibitionist measures."

Public Health And Wellbeing Amendment (state Of Emergency Extension) Bill 2020

"We recognise the ongoing need for the chief health officer to have public health powers to control coronavirus transmission during the remainder of this year. And recognising that, the Greens determined to support the state of emergency extension bill if the government would address issues that have concerned many Victorians about how some of these powers have been enforced."

Royal Commission Into Victoria’s Mental Health System

"The promised state funding for mental health services is essential and it is welcome. It will make a difference to people’s lives right across the state. But let us not stop there. 

Justice Legislation Amendment (system Enhancements And Other Matters) Bill 2021

"The justice system and the courts have been among the areas hardest hit by the pandemic. The last I heard, over 150 000 cases were adjourned or delayed"

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