The Brown Mountain landmark trial has concluded in the Supreme Court on Thursday 25th March – after a 16 day trial

Justice Osborn has reserved his decision. It could take anywhere from one month to six months to hand down a finding, but of course we are hoping sooner.
The four week trial has been marked by finger-pointing between government logging bodies VicForests and DSE about who is responsible for endangered species. The behavior of those charged with protecting our wildlife has been exposed to public scrutiny and the Supreme Court’s enquiry.

Jenny O’Connor - Greens candidate for Indi

The North East Regional Council is pleased to announce that Jenny O’Connor from Beechworth was recently selected as the Australian Greens candidate for the Federal electorate of Indi, in north east Victoria. Jenny stood at the last federal election as Richard de Natale’s running mate for the Senate, when she acquitted herself with distinction. We are fortunate to have such an articulate and committed person representing the Greens, and we look forward to supporting her during her campaign.

10c deposit launch - Wed, 8am, Parliament House, be there!

24/02/2010 07:00

This is a reminder to come along to Parliament House in Melbourne tomorrow morning (Weds 24 Feb) at 8am!

Environment groups need our support to focus on legislation for a 10c deposit on bottles, cans and cartons, when they launch their Green Jobs campaign.

The photo is a preview of their brilliant new billboard.

Please come and show the government that you want them to change their mind on deposits. 

"Save our Bush" Rally Wed 24 Feb

12-2pm on Parliament House steps
The Rally aims to draw public attention to the destruction of our native bushland by the State Government's "growth-at-any-cost" policy of building freeways -- instead of promoting alternative modes of transport.
The Rally will coincide with a motion to the Legislative Council by the Greens MP, Sue Pennicuik, opposing construction of the Peninsula Link -- which would destroy much of The Pines Flora & Fauna Reserve (220 hectares) near Frankston.

Greens blast family violence "disgrace"

Last night in parliament, Greens MLC Colleen Hartland slammed the government's decision to close the Family Violence Unit (FVU), a vital service in the City of Brimbank.

"Family violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.   Brimbank has one of the highest rates of reported family violence incidents in Victoria," said Ms Hartland

Minister's bike punt answer "bizarre" - Hartland

Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has described the government's response in parliament to her question on the Westgate Bike Punt as "bizarre".

"My question* set out the increase in commuter cycling and the success of running the Punt on of Ride To Work Day, and asked him to consider funding a commuter Punt service for a year, as it would be very cost-effective."

Gunns case shows we need anti-slapp laws in Victoria

Victorian Greens justice spokesperson, Sue Pennicuik MLC, today welcomed the news that the final four defendants in the long-running Gunns 20 case can finally get on with their lives.

"More than five years has passed since Gunns issued their terrible writ against the 20 defendants", Ms Pennicuik said. "Now, on the eve of going to trial, Gunns Ltd has pulled the pin and opted to pay out the remaining four defendants, rather than go to trial".

No link between live music and violence

The recent closure of the Tote in Collingwood has generated a lot of public debate about Victoria's liquor licensing regime. Contrary to recent reports, the security requirements for venues with live music were not part of the bill that passed state parliament late last year. The requirement for live music venues to provide security staff is not enshrined in any act of parliament – it is something the government started requiring of licensees long ago.

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