Sam Hibbins MP, Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson has announced the Victorian Greens proposal for a ‘Rainbow State’ special interest number plate at Midsumma Carnival
“The ‘Rainbow State’ special interest number plate would be made available to all Victorian vehicle owners for a fee with money raised going to support cash strapped LGBTI community groups and organisations”
QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Education —
Has an agreement been reached between the Victorian Government and Swinburne University for the sale, lease and/or use of land for the Prahran State Secondary School at the former Swinburne Prahran Campus.
The Minister for Education:I am informed as follows:
The Department of Education and Training is negotiating with Swinburne University for the purchase or lease of building PA on the Swinburne Prahran Campus. To facilitate these negotiations and at the request of both groups, a valuation of the property has recently been completed by the ; Valuer-General. We hope to come to a formal agreement once all relevant matters have been discussed.
Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season and for a wonderful new year.
In this edition of Prahran News you'll find information on:
Prahran State Secondary School
South Yarra Station
Cleaning Up Politics
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MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015. A month ago was a day of great pride, a cause for celebration and a positive day with many positive speeches. A month ago the adoption equality bill passed this house in full. It was a bill that meant so much to so many. It is with disappointment that a month later the adoption equality bill still has not passed this Parliament in full but is back in this house with an amendment that still allows for discrimination against same-sex couples. If passed, it will mean that adoption equality has not been achieved. This is because the Liberal-Nationals opposition broke its commitment to allowing a free vote. My understanding is that the vote on the amendment was not a free vote but a forced vote. This allowed faith-based organisations running adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples access to their services using this paper-thin argument that the bill was an attack on religious freedom.
MrHIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens in the debate on the Kardinia Park Stadium Bill 2015. I am the first Greens speaker, but unfortunately I am the first non-Cats supporter to speak on this bill. I barrack for the Bombers — third generation. Before I start, the member for Ivanhoe reminded me of a story. I could very easily have been a Geelong supporter. My grandfather lived in the Geelong area and started off being a Geelong supporter, but he eventually moved and worked at a factory in Abbotsford which was owned by the director of the Essendon Football Club, and many of the Essendon players worked there. Essentially you did not have a social life with your workmates unless you went to the Bombers' games. That is how we became Bombers supporters, and I am very supportive of them.