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IN PARLIAMENT


Members statement: Behrouz Boochani

In this Member Statement, Samantha Ratnam acknowledges the advocacy of Kurdish journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani. 


2nd Reading: Raise the Age Bill

In the first week of Parliament for 2023, I second read the Greens' bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14.  



Motion: Group voting tickets

That this house: (1) acknowledges that Victoria continues to be the only jurisdiction in Australia that uses the undemocratic group voting system to elect members to this place; (2) notes that after the 2021 Western Australian state election, where a representative from the Daylight Saving Party was elected with 98...


Members statement: Climate Action

As we begin the work of the 60th Parliament I hope that the issues that impact our community the most are given the space and time to be aired and hopefully solved in this place. We owe it to all those who chose us to be their representatives, and we owe...



Adjournment: Response to Rise of Far-Right Extremism Inquiry

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Premier, and my ask is that his government responds to the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s inquiry, completed in the last Parliament, into the rise of far-right extremism in Victoria. Over the summer it has once again been distressing to see groups of...


Motion: Commitment to Refugees

On the final day of Parliament for 2022, I moved a motion to reaffirm the Victorian Parliament's support for all people seeking asylum and refuge in Australia.  



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Mental Health, and my ask is that she establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention task force as part of Victoria’s suicide prevention and response strategy. Last month I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal...


AGV 2022 Policy Platform Speech

"The Victorian Greens are going into the 2022 state election in a strong position. We are guided by our values and commitment to ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence and we are fuelled by hope." 



Motion: Maroondah Hospital name change

Dr RATNAM (Northern Metropolitan) (17:10): I move: That this house: (1) notes that Maroondah Hospital is named using the Woiwurrung language and is one of very few public places in Victoria using First Nations language for naming conventions; (2) further notes that ‘Maroondah’ means ‘throwing’ and ‘Maroon’ means ‘leaves’; (3)...


Members Statement: First Nations Justice

First Nations justice is achieved through fixing our harmful systems and through honouring true-self determination by grassroots First Nations communities over their collective future.



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