Mr HIBBINS — I also condemn the government for voting against the Greens 'metre matters' bill that came before this house recently. All states are now moving towards a mandatory passing distance for vehicles from cyclists. We need to start taking cyclist safety seriously, and the government can do that by passing that legislation.
Mr HIBBINS — It is time to ban the plastic bag. Support continues to grow from communities and local councils. Both Port Phillip and Stonnington councils have passed motions in support of banning single-use plastic bags. I urge the government and opposition to support the Greens private members bill that we have put forward to ban single-use plastic bags. It is time to join the war on waste and stop plastic bags and plastic pollution from ending up in our bay, rivers and oceans.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I would like to thank the Toorak Road South Yarra traders association for having me at their recent traders meeting on crime and the Stonnington police for attending and providing insight into their role and how local businesses can work together to both prevent and respond to crime. Local police have attended similar events, most recently at Carlisle Street but previously at the Horace Petty public housing estate and for residents who live in apartment buildings in Prahran.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (By leave) — I would like to say a few words on behalf of myself and the member for Melbourne. It is safe to say, Ray, that you have been here a lot longer than we have, and in fact a lot longer than most members. One of our first questions to you was: 'How does one actually become the Clerk, and how does one get their head around these particular and peculiar rules, procedures and precedents while at the same time carrying out your duties of providing advice to us and ensuring the orderly running of the house and the Parliament?'. Having been here just a short time, I can say that not only have you done that but you have done it incredibly well. I think yours is a really great story of commitment to the public service, because whilst members are in the limelight and seeking the limelight, it is you and your team who are really the unsung heroes of this Parliament in making sure that our Parliament and our democracy work.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2017 and the amendments that have come from the Legislative Council. The Greens welcome the removal of the property valuations part of this bill because a number of councils contacted me and my Greens colleagues expressing their concern with this section of the bill, which changes the revaluation cycle from every two years to every year and transfers that responsibility from municipalities to the valuer-general. Their main concerns around this particular aspect are that there was no consultation at all with the local government sector over these changes, that it would cost councils more having to contribute to the cost of the revaluations taking place every year instead of every two years and that by transferring the revaluations to the valuer-general from councils it will have serious staffing and industrial relations implications and may result in the retrenchment of some council staff. We welcome it being taken out of this bill.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 876) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for new E-class trams to be rolled out on tramlines that use St Kilda Road on routes 3, 5, 6, 58, 64 and 67. These tram routes are experiencing overcrowding and are operating over capacity, particularly between 8 and 9 in the morning, according to the latest data. One of the first campaigns that I ran when newly elected was to lobby the government to manufacture 50 new high-capacity trams to reduce overcrowding and create jobs. Whilst the government has subsequently ordered 30 new trams as part of its rolling stock strategy, it only maintains the existing 10 trams a year production when this could be doubled for 20 trams a year. The remaining 70 new trams in the rolling stock strategy are so far unfunded and are not all due to be on the track until 2021.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 843) My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I ask: when will the final plans for Domain station and surrounds be made public, including how many trees will be removed, what their replacements will be and what the final truck access routes will be? Obviously there is considerable community concern around tree loss, which is exacerbated by simply not knowing what the station and surrounds will look like upon completion, including location, the type of replacement trees and the extent of canopy coverage.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to oppose the government's recent announcement that they will allow police to stop and search people for no reason at music festivals. It announced it with a drop to the Herald Sun, which published an article headed 'Drug party blitz' that referred to a 'zero-tolerance crackdown', whilst at the same time ruling out a proven and effective method of reducing harm, which is a pill-testing and reporting regime in Victoria.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Protective Services Officers and Other Matters) Bill 2017. I want to start off by first of all agreeing with something that the member for South Barwon said in his speech. Yes, there has been a range of justice legislation bills brought before this Parliament by this government. Many of those bills the Greens and I do not necessarily agree with, and while they have been government bills, they have been coalition policy, and it is pretty clear that the government in its approach to justice is now adopting many of the coalition's policies. It is not necessarily the approach that I would agree with, and certainly I would be urging the government to take a different approach. As someone sitting on the crossbench, it is as clear as day what is occurring with justice legislation in this state: they are government bills but it is coalition policy.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — It is clear to everyone in the Prahran electorate that homelessness has increased with a number of people sleeping rough in the Chapel Street area. I always point out that this is just the tip of the iceberg with many more people experiencing homelessness in insecure or unsafe housing rather than living on the street. Having spoken to local housing agencies, I was shocked by just how few options there are locally to place people experiencing homelessness. This results in agencies sending people to outer suburbs or even country towns where they have no ability to support them or know whether their accommodation is stable and of course away from their family or support network, resulting in many people simply returning to that very same service.