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Greens Prahran MP Sam Hibbins says the Melbourne Metro project will adversely impact the local South Yarra community while offering them few benefits.

"There will be major disruptions and loss of amenity during constructions, yet few benefits without a South Yarra interchange," Sam Hibbins said.

"It's hypocritical of the government to say the benefits will justify disruptions, when they use disruption as an excuse not to build a South Yarra interchange with Melbourne Metro.

"The Government's own figures show a South Yarra interchange will deliver significant benefits for South Yarra commuters. An interchange will improve amenity in South Yarra by lifting the South Yarra siding reserve to street level and creating a pedestrian plaza," he said.

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MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise as the Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson to support this motion and to support this parliamentary apology for laws that criminalised homosexuality and for the harms they caused. Laws that target or discriminate against LGBTI communities and individuals have no place in Victoria. In Victoria laws that criminalised homosexuality were in place until the 1980s.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — Along with local residents, I recently joined the Art Town walk put on by the Chapel Street Precinct. Attendees were treated to a showcase of artists using Chapel Street as an inspirational canvas. The final results were impressive at the Art Town awards night at Chapel off Chapel with many impressive pieces of art, all inspired by Chapel Street. Shopping strips like Chapel Street are the heart and soul of local communities. Innovative, creative events like Art Town bring new life, new visitors and new shoppers. Congratulations to all artists involved, to Art Town producer Margaret Kernich, president of the Chapel Street traders John Lotton and to all members of the committee for another terrific event.

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Mr HIBBINS — In last night's federal budget no funds were provided for South Yarra station. In question time in the Legislative Council the government confirmed that the federal government has not sought to include South Yarra station in the Melbourne Metro rail project. South Yarra residents have been left swinging in the wind by the federal government and have been taken for a ride by their federal member. The federal government must now at least allocate some of the $10 million planning money for Melbourne Metro to do detailed design work for South Yarra station and include it in the Melbourne Metro project.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the motion for the suspension of standing orders for a parliamentary apology for the laws criminalising homosexuality. I welcome the changes to this motion, which will allow not only the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition but also the Minister for Equality and representatives of other parties to speak on the apology motion.

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