Monday, 3 March 2014


Susan Pennicuik MP
The Greens - Victoria.

Thanks you for getting back to us on the summary offences bill. I will pass the information on.

I will be in the public gallery of the Legislative Council on March 11. This is one of several serious issues the motorcycle & scooter community has with the Napthine Government.

Over 326,000 Victorians are licenced to ride road bikes.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders Group

Dear Mr. Codognotto,

Thank you for raising your organisation's concerns about the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013 with me.

I share these concerns with the bill and will be opposing this proposed legislation in parliament.

Here are links to my media statements about the bill and a petition you may wish to sign, requesting that the bill be withdrawn.

Did you know that this is the second of two anti-democracy bills that are currently before state parliament. The other is the Sustainable Timber and Wildlife Bill.

Here is some information about that bill -
Yours sincerely,

Sue Pennicuik
State Member for Southern Metropolitan Region
Greens Parliamentary Whip

206 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186
t: (03) 9530 8399 | f: (03) 9530 8499 | e
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Date:        28/02/2014 12:16 PM
Subject:        SUMMARY OFFENCES BILL - MARCH 11 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014.


The Summary Offences Amendment Bill will be before the Upper House again, for the final vote, on Tuesday, 11th of March, sometime after 3.30pm, and before 10pm.

The Independent Riders Group strongly opposes the anti-protest law. Labor has promised to repeal the law if it takes government in the November 2014 state election.

The IRG opposes this law because it can restrict freedom of expression, freedom of movement and because it can easily be misused against law-abiding Victorians.

In the "debate" in the Legislative Assembly Ken Smith MP made it frighteningly clear that he thought the changes to the Summary Offences bill would see people he clearly did not like "dragged off by police". Smith's rant demonstrated the darker side of this anti-protest law.

Labor, Green, Independent, and National Party members should vote against this change to our law.

The IRG is urging its' members and Victoria's 326,000 bike licence holders to contact their MPs and tell them we do not want this, or any VLAD type laws, in our state.

We urge the Nationals, or any Liberal Party members with a conscience, to vote NO to this change in the Summary Offences & Sentencing law.

Being an election year, LNP members in marginal seats should be very careful!!

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group

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