Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I rise to affirm that the Greens will support the Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015, which creates a new scheme for levying contributions from developers towards infrastructure costs.
Of course the Greens support efforts to make developer contributions more effective and efficient. When we entrust the development of land, and indeed the crafting of our cityscape, to developers we give them a chance to mould a part of the built environment that we share as a community. We also allow them to make money out of this opportunity to change our city, and in certain circumstances we give them windfall profits. As well as making sure our cities are planned properly for people and not just for developers, it is crucial that developers in turn give back to the community.Read more
Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I rise to say that the Greens will support the Energy Legislation Amendment (Publication of Retail Offers) Bill 2015. It increases the accessibility and transparency of information to energy consumers about feed-in tariff terms and conditions, and gas tariffs, which of course is welcome; the Greens always support greater transparency.Read more
Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I am honoured to make a few short remarks on behalf of the Victorian Greens to thank Joan Kirner for her work within the political arena and outside of it and to send our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Prior to the election Carlton Primary School was promised $10 million to be delivered in the first term of an Andrews government. However, the budget shows only $1 million over the life of this project. Can the minister explain this discrepancy, confirm whether $10 million will be delivered in the term of this government and explain why the $10 million figure is not shown in the budget papers, as is usual practice for capital works?
Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) (By leave) — I too rise to acknowledge and celebrate the generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have lived on this land and continue to live on this land as custodians of this remarkable country, and who now share their traditional knowledge and ancient culture with the people who have come from all over the world to live in Australia. I rise to acknowledge that the sovereignty of this land was never ceded and that we still have much to do to right the wrongs that were done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to work towards justice. I rise today, on National Sorry Day, to say on behalf of the Victorian Greens: we are sorry. I am sorry. We acknowledge the terrible atrocities and injustices done to Aboriginal people by our forefathers and acknowledge that many injustices continue to be perpetrated today.Read more