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Historic debate to bring Deaf community language into Parliament

Greens MLC Colleen Hartland is proud to announce that her request has been successful for an Auslan (Australian Sign Language) Interpreter in Parliament tomorrow for a debate on the TAFE cuts and loss of the Auslan Diploma at Kangan Institute. 

"Tomorrow, for one historic debate, the Deaf community will be heard in Parliament.  I will speak with your voice, as well as my own, and the Minister will be called on to respond with your voice as well," said Ms Hartland 

"Parliament will see for itself the beauty of Auslan, its expressive capability and how it creates a communication bridge for the Deaf community to participate in education, health, family and community - not to mention a democratic process like Parliament."

Bike Blackspot App for the good, the bad and the ugly

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."

TAFE cuts: Mojo Mathers joins the Auslan Diploma camapign

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."

"How can the Parliament represent Deaf Victorians if it can't hear you?"

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

Thank you to Bob Brown Dinner

On June 22, at the Fitzroy Town Hall, the Victorian Greens will host a special event to say say 'thank you and farewell'. We want to invite you to help us thank him for everything he has done.
This is an opportunity for you to show your appreciation to Bob for all that he has done for Australia and the planet.
Join Bob Brown and Cathy Oke for a night of reflection and celebration of his fantastic legacy.

Oke, Greens plan to get Melbourne moving again


The Victorian Greens candidate in the Melbourne by-election, Cathy Oke, has revealed her plan to get Melbourne moving again with a shift to a world class transport system.
“Our transport system is failing,” Cathy Oke said.
“The government had a mandate to make some big changes, but they’re spinning their wheels instead of getting Melbourne moving.”
“First Labor, and now the Baillieu government, have been stuck on building expensive roads to fix traffic problems in Melbourne.”
“The Greens know that we need a long term strategy with a short term plan.”

Ballarat West Funding Failure a Big Risk

Ballarat City Council's failure to adequately fund future infrastructure and community facilities in Ballarat West risks unsustainable development and future cost shocks according to Greens Council candidate Belinda Coates.

Greens introduce Marriage Equality Bill into Victorian state parliament

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.

PT fares freeze defeated by Liberal government

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.

Ballarat Council Should Support Marriage Equality

Belinda Coates, Greens candidate for Ballarat City Council, calls on the Ballarat City Council to show support for equality in relationships by supporting marriage equality.