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Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- The Baillieu government has abruptly stopped funding bike infrastructure and programs in Victoria leaving cyclists reeling. The Greens are taking a stand and making sure that every cyclist in Victoria has a chance to make their voice heard.
On Sunday, along with Greens Senator and national transport spokesman Scott Ludlam, and Cathy Oke, the Greens candidate for the Melbourne by-election, I was able to launch a Melbourne bike black spot app that allows cyclists to dob in problems -- black spots, if you like -- or, for that matter, good examples of bicycle infrastructure and send them via their smart phone or the web to the Minister the Transport, Mr Mulder. Mr Mulder has already started receiving these. I know that, because the first one came from me, and since then he has received dozens more.
Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has urged cyclists in the western suburbs to use the Greens' new Bike Blackspot iPhone App to log "the good, the bad and the ugly" of bicycle paths and infrastructure in the western suburbs and send a message to the Transport Minister, bike campaigners and their fellow cyclists.
"Cyclists can use their phones to record danger zones, obstacles and maintenance issues on the spot and upload a photo. They can also nominate a spot that needs a bike path or bike facilities and praise 'bike utopias' - areas where cycling facilities really work," said Colleen Hartland
"We want to know the good, the bad and the ugly of your bike experience."
Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has released a video message of solidarity to the Deaf community from New Zealand MP Mojo Mathers in English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) about the TAFE cuts including the Auslan Diploma at Kangan Institute.
"The Auslan Diploma is world-renowned, so I'm not surprised that outrage about the TAFE cuts is coming in from around the world," said Greens MLC Colleen Hartland
"Mojo Mathers is the first Deaf person elected to the New Zealand Parliament. Her message is about the strength and determination we need in Victoria to fight the TAFE cuts and promote linguistic diversity. She also points out that cutting the Auslan Diploma looks like a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which includes the obligation: 'Facilitating the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community' in Article 24, which relates to the signatories' responsibilities for education."
Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has stepped up the campaign to save the Auslan Diploma by releasing a video statement to the Deaf community and their supporters which calls for Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters in a debate on the future of the axed Auslan Diploma TAFE course in Victoria.
"How can the Parliament represent Deaf Victorians if they can't hear you? How can they hear you without Auslan? I want them to listen to you, and to understand," said Colleen Hartland
"My Greens colleagues and I want to open the doors of Parliament to the Deaf community."
"I will speak with your voice, as well as my own," said Ms Hartland
For comment: Colleen Hartand - 9689 6373
Greens spokesperson on Marriage Equality, Sue Pennicuik MLC, has introduced her marriage equality bill into the Victorian upper house today.
"My private member's Marriage Equality Bill 2012 is a bill to create a same-sex marriage act in Victoria," Ms Pennicuik said.
"Since the federal Marriage Act 1961 was amended by the Howard government in 2004 to specify that marriage is between a man and a woman, a body of legal opinion now holds that it is possible for the states to legislate for same-sex marriage as this would not be inconsistent with s109 of the Commonwealth Constitution.
Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Amendment (Fares) Bill 2012
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Tradition might be one thing, but it is no substitute for reading the Constitution Act 1975, and we have read it pretty clearly and are applying it quite well here today.
The government earlier during its point of order basically came out and admitted that a further public transport fare increase of at least the rate of inflation is coming soon, sometime in this coming financial year. Together with the fare increase we have just had on 1 January, I think that is getting us up into the realms of about a 12 per cent fare increase -- triple the rate of inflation -- in one 12-month period. My proposition is very simple in terms of what is a fair rate of fares -- that is, fares that will collect across the public transport system about a third or so of the operating costs of the system.
Nobody expects public transport to be completely self-funding any more than libraries, footpaths and sewers are.