Notices of motion

228 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

(1) notes that—

(a) the music festival season has commenced with hundreds of thousands expected to attend events;

(b) young people, particularly when attending festivals, will use drugs and our main concern should be their wellbeing;

(c) a pill testing program will contribute to the safety of young people attending these events; (d) the 2019 Victorian Labor Conference unanimously passed an Urgency Motion for a “harm reduction and community health approach for alcohol, tobacco and other drug policy” which called on the Government to examine innovative strategies, such as pill testing, that “have been trialled elsewhere in a bid to save Victorian lives”;

(2) calls on the Government to adhere to their own platform and immediately commence a pill testing trial;

(3) congratulates —

(a) the Animal Justice Party, Greens, Liberal Democrats and the Independent Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Dr Catherine Cumming MLC, who also support the introduction of a pill testing pilot program;

(b) Liberal Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Mr Craig Ondarchie MLC, for his open-minded, evidence-based approach to health policy by calling on his Liberal colleagues to review their pill testing policy and in the Herald Sun on 28 November 2019 said “I want to know more…I want to be fully informed…I am not going to take a philosophical view for or against”; and calls on the Shadow Health Minister, Ms Georgie Crozier MLC, to listen to her colleagues, seek further briefings on pill testing and treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one.

[Notice given on 28 November 2019 — Listed for 10 days].

238 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

(1) notes —

(a) electric vehicles are environmentally friendly, energy efficient and reduce our use of fossil fuels;

(b) electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts than a conventional gasoline powered vehicle that requires liquid fuels leading to drastically reduced maintenance costs;

(c) sales of electric vehicles, including hybrid plug-ins, have jumped three-fold in Australia in the past year, with 6,718 vehicles purchased in 2019 compared to 2,216 in 2018, whilst sales of combustion engine vehicle declined by 7.8 per cent in the same period;

(d) Australians, and Victorians in particular, are keen early adopters of new technology and Victoria should lead the way in providing infrastructure in support of electric vehicles;

(2) urges the Government to work with the electric vehicle industry to help provide levers that will fast-track the infrastructure required to support automated and zero emission vehicles; and calls on the Government to adopt a policy of converting 50 per cent of its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles within three years.

[Notice given on 6 February 2020 — Listed for 7 days]

242 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

(1) acknowledges that journalist, editor, publisher and activist, Mr Julian Assange, is an Australian citizen and former long-time resident of Melbourne, who in the 1990s was a technical adviser to the Victoria Police Child Exploitation Unit, assisting in multiple prosecutions;

(2) notes that Mr Assange is currently on remand at HM Prison Belmarsh in the United Kingdom, and is facing an extradition request by the United States of America relating to an indictment for alleged computer intrusion and a charge of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (USA) and faces an effective death penalty if found guilty of the charges;

(3) recognises that the possible extradition of Mr Assange sets a dangerous precedent where Australian citizens, particularly journalists, can be charged with a crime and extradited by a foreign nation having not actually been in that country;

(4) acknowledges that a free, open and democratic press is a fundamental tenet of our society;

(5) supports the rights of whistle-blowers to provide material to journalists in the public interest and the rights of journalists to publish that information; and

(6) calls on the Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP, to urge his federal colleagues to take action to prevent Mr Assange’s extradition to the United States of America and to demand that the federal government treat him like all other Australians who require consular and other assistance when facing legal proceedings overseas.

[Notice given on 18 February 2020 — Listed for 6 days].

262 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

(1) notes that the Government called a duck shooting season this year, despite overwhelming opposition due to extreme drought, bushfires and animal cruelty;

(2) further notes that this decision will have an irreversible impact on diminishing waterbird populations in Victoria; and

(3) condemns this shameful decision by the Andrews Labor Government.

[Notice given on 3 March 2020 — Listed for 3 days].

269 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

(1) notes that National news agency Australian Associated Press (AAP) has been an essential part of the media landscape in Australia for 85 years;

(2) notes that owners News Corp and Nine have made the decision to shut the company resulting in the loss of 180 crucial editorial staff; and

(3) urges the owners, as well as other shareholders including Australian Community Media and Seven West Media, to reassign staff from AAP to other news services throughout their respective organisations.

[Notice given on 4 March 2020 — Listed for 2 days].

MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House —

  1. recognises that —
  2. A) in response to the activism and lived experiences of Grace Tame, Chanel Contos and Brittany Higgins, it is now more important than ever that consent is taught in schools;
  3. the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported increased rates of sexual assault by more than 30 per cent, whilst in Victoria, the Crime Statistics Agency reported an increase of sexual offences by 45 per cent;
  4. the teaching of the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) program is patchy and inconsistent, with the quality of delivery varying between schools and the program lacks adequate teacher training and clear resources to provide clear and consistent sex education;
  5. we cannot teach young people to have conversations about consent, nor equip them with the tools to effectively give and withdraw consent, without providing them with the language to discuss sex and pleasure;
  6. sex education programs need more comprehensive content to cover a wider range of sexual health matters, including material that supports diverse genders, sexualities and disabilities;
  7. calls on the Government to provide adequate funding to improve the RSE program, with further support directed towards —
  8. education and training of teachers;
  9. support to teachers for ongoing program delivery;
  10. the expansion of training and curriculum to be more gender diverse, LGBTQ+ friendly and disability inclusive;
  11. a more specific curriculum that explicitly establishes requirements for what must be taught; and
  12. direct funding for outsourcing of sex education in all Victorian schools.

[Notice given on 23 June 2021 — Listed for 18 days].

654 MS PATTEN — To move —

That this House notes that —

(1)   loneliness has emerged as one of the most serious public health challenges being faced around the world;

(2)   loneliness is a better predictor of premature death than physical inactivity, obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day;

(3)   lonely Australians have significantly worse health status than Australians who do not experience loneliness;

(4)   according to the 2018 Australian Loneliness Report, amongst Australian adults, one in four are lonely, nearly 30 per cent rarely or never feel part of a group of friends and 22
per cent rarely or never feel like they have someone to talk to;

(5)   the 2019 Young Australians Loneliness Survey found that more than half of young Australians felt lonely sometimes or always;

(6)   loneliness was a growing health challenge before COVID-19, but has been exacerbated by it;

(7)   one in two Australian residents reported feeling lonelier since 2019, with those who reported feeling more lonely also reporting more depression and higher social anxiety;

(8)   addressing loneliness is integral to Victoria’s COVID-19 recovery;

(9)   in 2018 the United Kingdom government appointed a dedicated Minister for Loneliness and published the world’s first loneliness strategy;

(10) in January 2020, the first Loneliness Annual Report outlined progress in the United Kingdom as a result of 60 commitments made in 2018 in establishing that ministry;

and calls on the Victorian Government to create a dedicated ministerial portfolio for Loneliness.

[Notice given on 14 October 2021 — Listed for 1 day].