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LGBTI equality

Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — As it is mental health week, it is time now for the Prime Minister to abandon the proposed marriage equality plebiscite. One of the key reasons for opposing this plebiscite is the effect that it will have on the mental health of LGBTI Australians, particularly young people, because it would legitimise and unleash a damaging, hateful and hurtful campaign. We are already seeing evidence of it with materials and leaflets being distributed at people's homes and even at football matches. Same-sex attracted Victorians should not have to put up with a $160 million public opinion poll on their right to marry the person they love.

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Waste Management

Mr Hibbins — I would like to thank all residents who visited my stall at the Spring into Gardening fair at Victoria Gardens in Prahran to share with me their ideas for the Prahran electorate. There is so much more Victoria can do in regard to recycling and reducing waste, including a container deposit scheme, which other states are implementing; a ban on plastic bags — the Greens have introduced legislation to do that; as well as diverting food waste from the waste stream and reducing food waste. Organic waste makes up a high percentage of the waste stream and is by far and away the most polluting form of waste. Councils such as the Stonnington City Council are working with apartment dwellers to install worm farms and composting in common areas. More needs to be done.

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Public transport

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to contribute to the grievance debate. I will be grieving today on behalf of the public transport commuters in Victoria who are suffering after decades of neglect and the failed policies of previous Liberal and Labor governments and who continue to suffer under this government due to inaction. The latest Public Transport Victoria figures that have been published just show what commuters know already — overcrowding on trains and trams is getting worse. It is getting worse, and there is no plan in place to fix it within this term of government.

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Tobacco Amendment Bill

Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the amendments from the Legislative Council in regard to the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016. Firstly, I will just speak to the Greens amendments in relation to the buffer between adjoining venues and also the amendment in regard to water pipes.

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Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Food Amendment (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Bill 2016, which is amending the Food Act 1984 by introducing, as has been described by previous speakers, a labelling scheme at large Victorian chain food businesses and large supermarkets. We strongly support this preventative health measure to address what I would call a public health crisis in obesity that is affecting our state and our country and probably most of the Western world as well, with rising levels of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other weight gain conditions and diseases. These laws will bring Victoria in line with food labelling laws in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, New South Wales and, we believe, with new laws in Queensland.

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