MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2016. This bill makes a number of changes. Firstly it potentially allows the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training to summarily dismiss teachers for serious misconduct. It sets out debt recovery arrangements for financial assistance provided by the commonwealth. It provides that certain sexual offences can be taken into account when registering and managing Victorian teachers. It ends by expanding the definition of a 'sexual offence' to include:
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and I refer to the reforms agreed to by the Victorian government at the recent Council of Australian Governments meeting of consumer affairs ministers regarding free-range egg standards. Given that the CSIRO model code for free-range eggs has a limit of 1,500 chickens per hectare, why does the government believe that eggs laid by hens stocked at 10,000 hens per hectare, with no guaranteed access to the outside, should be classified as free range?
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — (Question 7079) I recently asked Prahran residents what constituency question they would like me to ask in Parliament. Unsurprisingly the most popular topic for questions was regarding the new Prahran state secondary school. On behalf of Katie, Justin, Carissa, Katie, Tina, Kim, Morag, Geraldine and Helen, I ask the Minister for Education: what is the latest information regarding the new Prahran state secondary school? Specifically, residents would like to know when construction will start and what the finish date will be so they can plan for the secondary education of their primary school-age children; details of the funding commitment and whether the new school is fully funded; and how physical exercise will be accommodated on the school site at the old Swinburne University site.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I was recently hosted by the Stonnington Russian Seniors Group at the Horace Petty public housing estate in South Yarra. The Prahran electorate has a strong Russian community, many members of which migrated to Australia during the 1970s and in the years after. We shared a meal and discussed a number of issues regarding the estate, including improving support programs, security doors and maintenance. We also spoke about the need for renovations and problems regarding heat during summer months. Thank you to the president, Klaudiya Karp, for the invitation and congratulations on the reform of the Stonnington Russian Seniors Group. I look forward to working with the group to address its needs in our community
MrHIBBINS — I attended the opening of the Melbourne Chargers rugby season for the Rainbow Round at Orrong's Romanis Reserve in Prahran with Greens Higgins candidate, Jason Ball. I was pleased to be able to wear my rainbow laces along with the players to show my support for the fight against homophobia in sport. Our footy and rugby clubs have been known as bastions of homophobia and exclusion, but thanks to the efforts of clubs like the Chargers and Melbourne Unicorns many are now on the front line of changing attitudes, not just in sport but the wider community. Thanks to Dan Syrus, president of the Melbourne Chargers and Gerry O'Neill, president of the Melbourne Unicorns for hosting me. Congratulations to all players involved.