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Darchei Shalom Project

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — It was my pleasure to visit the Inkerman Heights housing estate to see the wonderful work that Dr Miriam Weisz and the team at the Darchei Shalom project from the Caulfield synagogue do as they provide soup, sandwiches and a chat for residents at the estate and wider community. They spent their Sunday making soup and baking cakes with the residents of the Emmy Monash Aged Care to share with tenants at the estate. Thank you for your kindness and for bringing people together.

 

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Mr HIBBINS — I attended the Donald Street Early Learning & Kinder Christmas party with my daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed herself playing with toys in the new facility. The centre has just opened in Prahran, in a refurbished building at 2 Donald Street, and is now taking enrolments. If there is one thing our community needs, it is high-quality, accessible child care. I wish the staff and families well as they build a thriving local community.

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World Aids Day

Mr HIBBINS — The launch of World AIDS Day was held at Alfred Health in South Yarra on 1 December. Powerful stories were shared by speakers from the Positive Speakers Bureau. A world free of HIV transmission is possible. To get there we must speak out against and end the stigma of HIV and encourage people to get tested, to know their HIV status and to receive the treatment that they need. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is central to preventing the transmission of HIV. Whilst medical trials of PrEP are occurring, it needs to be available and accessible to everyone who needs it.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 074) My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I ask: what will the minister do to make the intersection at Punt Road and Pasley Street North safe for school students? This intersection serves as a pedestrian crossing for students crossing Punt Road to attend South Yarra Primary School. Parents have reported that students are at risk, with vehicles frequently running the red light, resulting in near misses between vehicles and students. This is occurring multiple times every day during the school pick-up and drop-off periods, often with multiple cars running the red light at each cycle of the lights. I have met with parents and school staff on site and witnessed this occurring. With school enrolment growing significantly, more and more students will be using the crossing over the coming years. The current situation presents a real risk of a serious injury or fatality occurring. It is an accident waiting to happen and requires urgent attention.

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Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — In a submission to the Essential Services Commission's inquiry Professor Alan Pears said that in the present electricity market, due to the monopoly power of network operators, the role of distributed energy systems is distorted. I ask: in responding to the Essential Services Commission report, did the government consider introducing a system which would likely lead to a feed-in tariff that closely resembles the actual retail price of electricity, or a price that closely resembles the retail price minus the marginal cost of network use for household generators, given that this price would more adequately deal with the undervaluing and distortion of the role of distributed generation in our energy system?

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