Justin Madden

Planning Minister Gatecrashes Parliamentary Enquiry Committee and Hearing Abandoned

Original newsletter sent out by Julianne Bell from Protectors of Public Lands, reporting on the Hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration. Dear Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. members and friends I. Planning Minister Gatecrashes Parliamentary Enquiry Committee and Hearing Abandoned See television tonight - all stations - for footage of fracas in Parliament today when Planning Minister Madden gatecrashed the hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration. Madden's staff member Peta Duke was subpoenaed to attend but was apparently instructed by the Attorney General NOT to attend. ALP MP Matt Viney disrupted proceedings and effectively took over upon which the Chair Gordon Rich Phillips left and then Peter Kavanagh which meant that there was no quorum so the meeting collapsed. Following an interview with Madden there were excellent interviews with Peter Kavanagh, David Davis and Greg Barber. Community reps - Mary Drost for Planning Backlash. Brian Walsh for Kew Cottages Coalition and me for PPL VIC - made brief statements including our dismay at revelations that public consultations over planning developments were revealed as sham and that the farcical procedings today were an insult to Parliament and hence to Victorians.

Parliament House VIC - Save the Bush Rally 24 Feb 2010

"Save our Bush" Rally
Wednesday 24 February from 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.

Other important areas of native bushland and wetlands due to be bulldozed for roads in Greater Melbourne and beyond include:

* Browns Mountain (S-W Victoria)

* Coomoora Woodland Flora & Fauna Reserve (Keysborough)

* Belvedere, Witternberg & Pobblebonk Reserves (Mornington Peninsula)

* Devilbend Reserve (Mornington Peninsula)

* Westerfield Heritage Reserve (Mornington Peninsula)

* Bushland in the Cities of Banyule and Kingston

Comedian Rod Quantock is M.C. and the rally will include speakers, entertainment and press coverage.

Join the Rally to Save our Bush and bring as many others as possible!

Please also circulate the attached poster!