Infrastructure Victoria Bill 2015

Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — The Greens are happy to support this bill for the development of Infrastructure Victoria. I would like to congratulate the government for establishing this body to oversee infrastructure in a way that is independent and that also has a long-term view for the development of this state.

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Solar feed-in cuts unfair

Greens energy spokesperson Ellen Sandell says the proposed cut to the price paid for electricity fed into the grid by solar customers is unfair and will only benefit big energy companies.
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Tenancy rights

Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — Today I raise several important issues regarding housing affordability and tenants' rights. As younger Australians confront the lack of housing affordability in Melbourne, long-term renting will become more and more the norm. Housing is a human right, and everyone should be able to access safe, affordable, and appropriate housing. Governments need to urgently address housing affordability through measures such as abolishing negative gearing and investing significantly in public housing. However, as renting for longer periods becomes the norm, state governments have a role and a responsibility to strengthen the protections afforded to tenants under Victorian law.

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Delivering Victorian Infrastructure (Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction) Bill 2015

Ms SANDELL (Melbourne) — I rise to confirm that the Greens oppose the privatisation, through sale or through long-term lease, of the port of Melbourne. We do so for four primary reasons, which I will outline. Firstly, public assets that are likely to be monopolies are best kept in public hands. We should not be selling off one of the state's last remaining public assets. Secondly, privatisation will make it almost impossible to steer a good transport policy in this state. Thirdly, the local impacts have not been adequately addressed. Fourthly, this will hurt our economy, especially our export competitiveness, and especially in regional Victoria.

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Ellen calls for funding the Melbourne Employment Forum

My question is to the Minister for Employment. One of the most common issues my constituents bring up with me is a lack of employment for people from non-English-speaking backgrounds. Unemployment among migrant communities is much higher than the state average. Community leaders have recognised employment as their biggest challenge, and with my support and the support of the federal member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, have created the Melbourne Employment Forum (MEF).

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