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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (8145) My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I ask when public consultation regarding an upgrade to South Yarra station will begin. I ask in response to a media report in the Age of 6 July, where the minister stated that improvements would be considered in consultation with locals. I also note the minister's previous correspondence with me, agreeing the station requires an upgrade and stating a willingness to work with both myself and Stonnington council on progressing an upgrade to the station.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (By leave) — I rise to speak briefly on this motion, and we will be joining with the opposition in opposing this motion. This is truly politics and Parliament at its worst. I think the situation of filling this vacancy was described in the media as a farce, and it is a farce in every sense of the word.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — Just briefly on this bill, it has obviously been brought forward to avoid the absolute fiasco of having 13 councils dismissed or councillors being excluded from being able to hold that position. Following the commencement of the Local Government Amendment (Improved Governance) Act 2015 individual councils were required to update and review their codes of conduct within four months of its commencement in March 2016 with councillors having to sign that code of conduct within one month of any amendment.

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Windsor myki retailers

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (8155) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to allow the Chapel Convenience Store at 23 Chapel Street, Windsor, and Windsor Lotto at 41 Chapel Street to sell myki cards. Apart from the two ticket machines at Windsor station the only nearby shop selling myki cards is the 24-hour bottle shop, which does not allow access to people under 18 years. This is a completely unacceptable situation, given there are five schools in walking distance — St Michaels Grammar, Presentation College Windsor, Christian Brothers College, St Marys Primary School and Stonnington Primary School — each with a steady stream of school students, particularly from the secondary schools, travelling from Windsor station to school and back every day.

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Legislative Council vacancy

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the motion to reject the Legislative Council's motion to hold a joint sitting to fill a casual vacancy for the vacant Northern Victoria Region seat in the upper house.

I will start by reading from section 27A of the Constitution Act 1975 titled 'Filling of casual vacancies in the Council', which states:

(1) Subject to this section, if a casual vacancy occurs in the seat of a member of the Council, a person must be chosen to occupy the vacant seat by a joint sitting of the Council and the Assembly.

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