MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I seek is for the minister to invest in cycling infrastructure in the Prahran electorate. Quality bike infrastructure is essential to a livable city. The sun is out, and increasing numbers of residents in Prahran want to cycle to work and get around our community. To facilitate this we need to invest to make cycling safer and more convenient, particularly for women. There are plenty of opportunities to do this in Prahran.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to bring attention to the shambolic state of vocational education and training (VET) in Victoria, and in particular the devastating effect it has had on our TAFE system and for our students. The reforms from the previous Labor government, which were continued under the Liberal-Nationals government, have seen a massive shift of funding away from our public TAFEs towards the profit margins of private for-profit providers. The federal government's privatisation agenda and the VET FEE-HELP scheme is adding to the problem.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Relationships Amendment Bill 2015. This bill makes changes to the Relationships Act 2008. It allows for relationships formalised in other jurisdictions, such as overseas same-sex marriages or relationships recognised in other states that have similar relationship registers, to be recognised in Victoria. It also removes the requirement that both partners be residents of Victoria, with only one partner having to be a resident. The Greens support these changes, and we support them because they are the changes that were proposed by the Greens when the Relationships Bill 2007 first came before this house in 2008.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — The Kennett era continues here and it continues with this bill. The ghost of Kennett arises! The curse of Kennett has gone from Hawthorn down to local governments now. We know the effects of Kennett's rate capping, the effects in the past with infrastructure backlog and the inability of councils to deliver core services, and now it returns.