City of Moreland: Planning Scheme Amendment C140
Written on the 29 February 2012
I am pleased to rise to speak on this motion. A number of my colleagues on this side of the house have highlighted the need to oppose this motion. This amendment is going to have an impact on many Victorians. As Mrs Peulich said in her contribution, and even though it is not directly related to my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region either, the undertakings of the investigation happened at a number of sites, including a site at Kew, which is in my electorate.
It was quite contrary to Mr Tee's comments that the minister was riding roughshod over the community, councils and the planning processes and that bad practices were leading to bad outcomes. Securing the electricity supply for this state and this city will not lead to a bad outcome. In fact this development will secure a sustainable and long-lasting energy supply.
Ms Mikakos and Mr Barber raised concerns about the consideration of the health impacts of this development. I find this to be quite hypocritical of both of those members because they have previously scoffed at similar concerns about the effects of wind farms on communities and at people who have experienced ill effects from wind turbines or wind farms and the low-frequency noise they generate. GPs who have seen patients have raised concerns about this, and in fact a Senate inquiry is investigating those impacts. It is absolutely hypocritical of those members to argue that point.
government is committed to supplying a safe and reliable power supply to Victorians, quite unlike its federal counterpart, which is going to impose a great big new tax. Mr Finn articulated that issue extremely well. That tax is going to have an impact on every consumer across the state. It is completely irresponsible. We see in today's Australian Financial Review the headline 'Carbon tax hit threatens price blow-out'. The industry says that it is going to pass on those costs to consumers. There is no doubt that is going to occur. Those costs will be passed on to consumers, and that includes Victorians, whether they are small businesses, a pensioner in their home or a large business. Consumers will be paying for the carbon tax one way or another, and it will not make a scrap of difference to the environmental outcomes that it was supposedly designed for.
Without the upgrade of this vital piece of infrastructure, it would be very likely that the CBD and inner parts of Melbourne would suffer significant power outages at peak usage times. This is completely unacceptable in a modern economy. That is why the Minister for Planning has undertaken this very important initiative. With those few words, I would like to commend his actions, and I commend the government for ensuring a secure supply of electricity to Melbourne's inner eastern and central business district areas. Like my colleagues on the government side, I will not be supporting Mr Tee's ridiculous motion.