What's happening in Parliament - February 2022

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Below are some of the current Committee Inquiries and Bills that are before both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. More information about what is happening in Committees and during each sitting week can be found on the Committee's and Bills this week pages.

Committee Inquiries

Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight CommitteePandemic declaration accountability and oversight

The new pandemic oversight committee held its first hearing in January 2022. It is a joint investigatory committee with members from both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. The committee was established late in 2021 after new legislation was passed by parliament. The committee heard from several members of the Department of Health, including the Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton.

Environment and Planning Committee - Inquiry into environmental inifrastructure for growing populations 

The Environment and Planning committee has presented its report on Environmental Infrastructure for Growing Populations. The committee received over 250 submissions from councils, groups and individuals all over Victoria. They also conducted a series of hearings to receive input from the community. The committee investigated ways to increase access to parks and open spaces in Melbourne and regional centers.

Environment and Planning Committee - Inquiry into apartment design standards

An inquiry into Apartment Design Standards held two hearings in Febraury. The committee is investigating the current apartment living standards and how improvements can be made. The committee has also received over 50 submissions as part of the inquiry.

Legal and Social Issues Committee - Inquiry into children of imprisoned parents

The committee will investigate the social, emotional and health impacts on affected children, as well as what services are available and possible improvements that can be made.

 

Bills before Parliament

Legislative Assembly

Livestock management amendment (Animal Activism) bill 2021

A Bill for an Act to amend the Livestock Management Act 2010 to provide for biosecurity management plans, to create an offence relating to contravening prescribed biosecurity measures and for other purposes.

Crimes (mental impairment and unfitness to be tried) amendment bill 2020

Bill for an Act to decriminalise sex work, to repeal the Sex Work Act 1994, to provide for a new protected attribute in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts and for other purposes.

 

Legislative Council

Sex work decriminalisation bill 2021

A Bill for an Act to decriminalise sex work, to repeal the Sex Work Act 1994, to provide for a new protected attribute in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts and for other purposes.

Major events legislation amendment (unauthorised ticket packages and other matters) bill 2021

A Bill for an Act to amend the Major Events Act 2009 to prevent the unauthorised advertising and sale of ticket packages for sports ticketing events and ticketed events to which a major event ticketing declaration applies and for other purposes.

Domestic animals amendment (reuniting pets and other matters) bill 2021

A Bill for an Act to amend the Domestic Animals Act 1994 to improve the process for reuniting pets with their owners and to make other miscellaneous and consequential amendments and for other purposes.