Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak in support of the amendments and hope that they do pass this house. We have had a very passionate and very extended debate on the legislation, and hopefully this house can now finalise these amendments and pass this bill. It is absolutely critical that this bill pass. It is far too important for the amendments to fail. I imagine that the bill would be sent back to the other house and that it would ping between the two houses for more extended debate, if that were to occur. So it is absolutely important that these amendments are accepted and this bill passes. It has the overwhelming support of the Victorian community. They are relying on us to get this done.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016. I am going to find it a bit difficult to top the previous speaker. And do you know what? I am not even going to try.
This bill has come about because of the appalling conditions in puppy farms and commercial breeding. The appalling conditions that those dogs have been in is an issue that the Greens have raised many times over the past decade — in fact 18 times in this Parliament, I am well informed — and I have no doubt that Sue Pennicuik, the Greens animal welfare spokesperson over that time, has made a substantial number of those contributions. It has certainly been the Greens' policy and the Greens' position that puppy farms should be abolished altogether. The reason for that is because of the terrible quality of life for the dogs in these puppy farms, where profit is being put in front of animal welfare and where animals are being confined to cages for most of their lives.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to oppose the government's sell-off of public housing land to private developers, including at Bangs Street in Prahran. We need more public housing and we need better public housing, not a sell-off plan that will only slightly increase the number of units, reduce capacity by reducing the number of bedrooms, and forever limit the amount of public housing that can be put on these estates by selling off around 70 per cent of the estate.