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2015 achievements

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
22 December 2015

2015 was our first year in state Parliament! Together with the community, here's what we achieved.

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In 2015 we finally saw the back of the terrible East West toll road. Massive congrats to everyone who campaigned in the lead up to the election -- you made this happen!

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And when Labor renewed some coal licenses, we (and environment groups) kicked up enough of a stink that they decided to cancel a coal export project and review Victorian public funding of coal projects. Win!

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The Greens have worked on this for 8 years, and now the Government has finally agreed to a Parliamentary inquiry which will hopefully lead to law changes to give people dignity in death. We also successfully lobbied the Government to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas - yay for clean air!

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Unfortunately it was voted down by both Labor and Liberal, but we'll continue the fight in 2016.

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Yep - we did that! Also, Parliament passed a Greens amendment to allow same-sex couples to have a ceremony at the registry office when they register their relationship. Love = beautiful.

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Without the Greens, the law banning cattle from national parks would not have passed.

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We got funding re-instated for some important homelessness projects, and also started a campaign demanding Labor invest more in public housing. You'll see more of this in 2016.

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 Which felt a bit like...

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 And if you thought that was all, think again! We also:

  • Campaigned on unconventional gas at three by-elections and through a Parliamentary inquiry, leading to the Liberals, Nationals and Labor changing their positions and increasing our changes of a permanent ban next year!
  • Campaigned to save two important heritage buildings in Melbourne - the Palace Theatre and the Princess Mary Club. It's now up to Labor to save these incredible places.
  • Campaigned successfully for a Victorian Renewable Energy Target (the Government has agreed, but now we'll wait and see whether they deliver a target that's big and bold enough to start the transition to new, clean energy. Thanks to Yes2Renewables and others who also worked for this).
  • Voted to pass laws to stop women being harrassed outside fertility clinics, and to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
  • Spoke out about the need for a school in the Docklands, and for changes to the law to protect the community-feel of high-rise apartments.
  • Launched our Plan for a Liveable Melbourne.
  • Helped hundreds of residents with important issues - such as getting maintenance in their public housing and getting a pedestrian crossing built in North Melbourne.

We reckon that's all worth celebrating.

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It's been a huge year, and we couldn't have done it without our supporters. Thank YOU for your hard work.

Have a great summer break, and see you in 2016.

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
22 December 2015
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