Speech to the Legislative Assembly – Regional Development Victoria Amendment (Jobs and Infrastructure) Bill 2015

Ms SANDELL — The Greens support this bill to establish a new fund for regional Victoria. Rural and regional Victoria is in my blood. As many people would know, I grew up in Mildura, and my family still lives there. My mother’s family is from a dairy farming community in South Gippsland. There were significant advantages to growing up in the country, but I have also experienced firsthand a lot of the challenges faced by rural and regional communities. I remember how former Premier Jeff Kennett left regional Victoria behind and paid dearly for it. I have seen towns die due to lack of investment, and I do not want to see that continue. To encourage development in rural and regional Victoria there is much we need to do, and it needs to go beyond a marginal seat approach. Of course we need to improve access to services and transport, create jobs and protect livability and livelihoods, but we also need to deal with some of the really big issues that are coming down the line. 

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2015 STATE BUDGET: A TEST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S AMBITION FOR VICTORIA

The first budget of a new government should be a roadmap - a plan that lays out the major ideas and goals of the Government for the next four years, and plots a course to achieving them.

I want to see a Budget that outlines an ambitious plan for Victoria. The 2015 Budget should target the areas most in need of government support - especially after the destruction wreaked by the previous government, who decimated crucial public and social services, and trashed our state’s environmental protections.

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Replace Hazelwood - Speech to Parliament

Member Statement 

I raise the matter of Australia’s dirtiest power stations at Hazelwood and Anglesea. Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station and the third most polluting power station in the world. There is now surplus energy in the grid, equivalent to five Hazelwoods, so why is it still operating?

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Alpine Grazing - Speech to Parliament

Speech by Ellen Sandell on the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing Bill) 2015

I am delighted to rise to support the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015. I am very pleased that this bill creates such strong protection against any future reintroduction of cattle to the high country. I commend the government for bringing the bill before the Parliament rather than leaving it in the hands of the responsible minister, because it brings an end to the practice of taking our precious alpine environment hostage for political purposes.

 

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My First Speech in Parliament

Thank you Mr Speaker, y felicitaciones y buena suerte en su nuevo papel.

I start by acknowledging and paying my respects to the elders of the Kulin nation.

I do this because long before this Parliament was built, the areas around this site were traditional Kulin meeting places. Sovereignty of this land was never ceded, and we still have much to do to right the wrongs that were done to Aboriginal people here in Victoria.

I am incredibly proud to stand here, together with my colleague Sam Hibbins, and be the first Greens MP in the lower house of Victorian Parliament.

I am especially proud to represent the people of Melbourne, because we share an incredible city.

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