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Government windfall sparks demands for more infrastructure.

Pressure is mounting on the State Government to divert money gained from its 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne to pay for vital infrastructure projects in Stonnington.

Last week, the Government announced that the port had been leased to The Lonsdale Consortium for $9.7 billion - almost double the amount it had expected to receive.

Opposition planning spokesman David Davis said the windfall meant there was no excuse for the Government's refusal to build a Melbourne Metro interchange at South Yarra.

Stonnington Mayor Claude Ullin said the council wanted to meet Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to discuss the business case for the project.

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Adjournment

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (By leave) — I rise in support of the motion put forward by the opposition. We do believe that we should be having a joint sitting to fulfil what is required of us in the constitution. I think this is certainly — —

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Crimes Amendment (Carjacking and Home Invasion) Bill 2016. This bill amends the Crimes Act 1958 to create new offences of carjacking and home invasion; it amends the Sentencing Act 1991 to provide that statutory minimums, which are mandatory sentences, apply to the offences of aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion; and it amends the Bail Act 1977 to include new offences of aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion as show-cause offences under the act.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Victorian Greens on the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016. This bill restores the inherent requirements test that was previously in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and which was removed in 2011 by the then coalition government. We will be supporting this bill because it does offer some improvement to the current laws; however, we do feel it is inadequate. We knew that changes to the Equal Opportunity Act were coming, but I think this bill is a disappointment, particularly from a government that has done a lot in terms of LGBTI equality legislation. It should go further.

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Question: Political Donations

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. I refer to the June 2016 Ombudsman's Report on Recommendations, which states the following Ombudsman's recommendation:

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