Community input invited on plastic bag bill

Plastic Bag BillPublic submissions are being invited on legislation to restrict the supply and sale of plastic bags in Victoria.

The Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee is conducting an inquiry into the Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016.

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Long trek to Chinese fortunes

Commemorative walkThe contribution of Chinese people to the development of Victoria is being recognised in a new exhibition that has opened at Parliament House.

On show in Queen’s Hall from 19 to 23 September, ‘Chinese Fortunes’ traces the history of Chinese settlers in colonial Victoria between 1851 and 1901, and considers their impact on contemporary Australia.

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Support for road rule changes to protect cyclists

BicyclePassing NEWSTHUMBLegislation that would introduce minimum distances when motorists pass cyclists has been supported by the Economy and Infrastructure Committee.

If passed by Parliament, the Overtaking Bicycles Bill would require drivers to maintain a minimum gap of between 1 metre and 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists.

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Partnership agreement with Ontario Parliament

Visiting delegationsThe Victorian Parliament has signed a partnership agreement with the Parliament of Ontario, Canada to encourage parliamentary links and information sharing.

The agreement was signed during a visit to Victoria by the Ontario Parliament’s Speaker Dave Levac and Clerk Deborah Deller.

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Parliamentary interns graduate

Library Interns 2016Thirty-five students from three universities have graduated from the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.

Now in its 26th year, the internship program provides students with the opportunity to prepare research reports in consultation with members of the Victorian Parliament.

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