The petition of the Greyhound Equality Society (GES) and residents of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the 2015 inquiry into the legislative and regulatory framework relating to restricted breed dogs that resulted in the Economy and Infrastructure Committee recommending ending the requirement for non-racing greyhounds to be muzzled in Victoria. Despite this all-party recommendation, the government ordered an additional investigation by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, which we believe is superfluous to the extensive and comprehensive inquiry already undertaken in 2015.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — The Greens will be supporting this motion because we are aware of the absolute importance of the national broadband network (NBN) to this state, and it is an absolutely critical piece of infrastructure. I appreciate the focus of the motion and the focus of the proposed inquiry into regional areas. I would point out that the issues faced in terms of broadband connectivity are metropolitan issues as well, and certainly I have had a number of constituents contact me about the poor internet connectivity in the Prahran electorate. We certainly are affected by the change in approach to the NBN that the current federal government has taken.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Real-time Prescription Monitoring) Bill 2017. The Greens will be supporting this bill which, as described in the bill, enables a database to be established for purposes of recording data relating to the supply of monitored poisons. In this bill monitored poisons are referred to as schedule 8 poisons. That schedule covers opioids such as pethidine, morphine and oxycodone and, in addition to that, some other high-risk medications are also included. We certainly support this bill and the provision of that real-time monitoring database.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to join this grievance debate and grieve for all those Victorians who are experiencing issues with housing, whether it is people experiencing homelessness, sleeping on the streets or in unsafe or insecure accommodation. As I always point out, those people who are experiencing homelessness and living on the streets are just the tip of the iceberg. There are always so many more people who are in insecure housing or insecure accommodation that may not be safe. There has been an increase in visible homelessness, but I would just point out how incredibly disappointed I am in speaking about homelessness. It is a serious issue, and when I raise this at public forums across my electorate everyone across the board understands the issue.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak briefly on the Racing Amendment (Modernisation) Bill 2017, which makes changes to the government's arrangements for Racing Victoria. It essentially gives the Minister for Racing the power to appoint directors of Racing Victoria following consideration of an advisory panel report. The advisory panel will include the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Regulation; a nominee by the minister; a nominee by Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and the Moonee Valley Racing Club; a nominee by Country Racing Victoria; and a nominee appointed jointly by industry body members which, I understand, is essentially the same groups that were directly appointing the directors in the first place. However, this bill gives the minister direct control to action further powers in regard to the board.