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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.Read More
Greens question Labor's equality credibility
Greens equality spokesperson Sam Hibbins says the Government’s credibility on equality is in question after they voted against the Greens Equality for Students bill.
The Greens bill struck out special exemptions from the Equal Opportunity Act granted to faith-based schools and institutions. These exemptions allow schools to legally expel children for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as well as for their marital status or being pregnant.
“Dan Andrews has said equality is not negotiable but his Government voted with the Liberals to allow discrimination against LGBTI students,” Sam Hibbins said.
"There is a clear link between discrimination and poorer mental health outcomes for LGBTI youth. That's why all LGBTI students need to be protected by law from discrimination"
Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — As it is mental health week, it is time now for the Prime Minister to abandon the proposed marriage equality plebiscite. One of the key reasons for opposing this plebiscite is the effect that it will have on the mental health of LGBTI Australians, particularly young people, because it would legitimise and unleash a damaging, hateful and hurtful campaign. We are already seeing evidence of it with materials and leaflets being distributed at people's homes and even at football matches. Same-sex attracted Victorians should not have to put up with a $160 million public opinion poll on their right to marry the person they love.Read More
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Victorian Greens on the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016. This bill restores the inherent requirements test that was previously in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and which was removed in 2011 by the then coalition government. We will be supporting this bill because it does offer some improvement to the current laws; however, we do feel it is inadequate. We knew that changes to the Equal Opportunity Act were coming, but I think this bill is a disappointment, particularly from a government that has done a lot in terms of LGBTI equality legislation. It should go further.Read More
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the government business program. The Greens will not be supporting the government business program in this instance for two reasons. Firstly, I do have amendments to the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016. I have provided those amendments to the relevant ministers, I have also indicated that I do have some questions regarding that bill and I have submitted a request to go into consideration in detail.Read More
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