I wish to make my contribution in regard to the energy legislation that is before the house, in which the government is proposing to make some changes relating to the introduction of flexible pricing policies, which clearly relate to the implementation of the smart meter project that has been carried out across the state. In doing so I note that it is interesting how things change.
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We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.
The Eureka rebellion led by Peter Lalor was a short-lived revolt which resulted in the brutal deaths of 34 diggers. This, however, led to a major public outcry which brought about significant advances in the democratic rights of Victorians and set the backdrop for the robust, inclusive democracy which we enjoy across Australia today.
I am also pleased to add my comments to the debate on the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Pre-commitment) Bill 2013. The bill relates to the introduction of a precommitment system into gaming venues across the state. As members from this side of the house have said earlier, we are not opposing this legislation. We support the concept of precommitment, but we are concerned that this government has not adopted the best approach to making precommitment available.
I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, so I am pleased to see him in the house tonight. It relates to the implementation of controlled fuel reduction burns. I ask the minister to take action to ensure that when the fuel reduction burns take place there are practices put in place to try to protect habitat trees, rather than ensuring their destruction, and practices put in place that will provide greater protection for native fauna in those areas.