Sam Hibbins has presented signatures from his petition to increase services on the Sandringham Line to the Minister for Public Transport.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak in support of the amendments and hope that they do pass this house. We have had a very passionate and very extended debate on the legislation, and hopefully this house can now finalise these amendments and pass this bill. It is absolutely critical that this bill pass. It is far too important for the amendments to fail. I imagine that the bill would be sent back to the other house and that it would ping between the two houses for more extended debate, if that were to occur. So it is absolutely important that these amendments are accepted and this bill passes. It has the overwhelming support of the Victorian community. They are relying on us to get this done.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016. I am going to find it a bit difficult to top the previous speaker. And do you know what? I am not even going to try.
This bill has come about because of the appalling conditions in puppy farms and commercial breeding. The appalling conditions that those dogs have been in is an issue that the Greens have raised many times over the past decade — in fact 18 times in this Parliament, I am well informed — and I have no doubt that Sue Pennicuik, the Greens animal welfare spokesperson over that time, has made a substantial number of those contributions. It has certainly been the Greens' policy and the Greens' position that puppy farms should be abolished altogether. The reason for that is because of the terrible quality of life for the dogs in these puppy farms, where profit is being put in front of animal welfare and where animals are being confined to cages for most of their lives.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to oppose the government's sell-off of public housing land to private developers, including at Bangs Street in Prahran. We need more public housing and we need better public housing, not a sell-off plan that will only slightly increase the number of units, reduce capacity by reducing the number of bedrooms, and forever limit the amount of public housing that can be put on these estates by selling off around 70 per cent of the estate.
QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Public Transport —
With reference to awarding the contract for the construction of the Melbourne Metro tunnel and stations:
How have the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium demonstrated that their designs for the project do not preclude the provision of a future South Yarra station?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Protection of Emergency Workers and Others) Bill 2017. I understand the intent of this bill is to address the increase in the ramming of police cars. I have a lot of respect for the police and the work they do, particularly in my area. It is very tough work and often very sensitive work. They do a really good job.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Special Minister of State, and the action I seek is for the minister to overhaul the current code of conduct for members of Parliament. The seemingly endless series of scandals shows the current code of conduct is out of date, inadequate and unenforceable. It is clear we need a tougher integrity regime for all members of Parliament, a new code of conduct that is clearer, stronger, broader and enforceable by the anti-corruption commission or another independent body, one that will reflect the community's expectations of members of Parliament, cover key areas such as acting in the public interest, transparency, honesty and the appropriate use of entitlements.
Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise in support of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017 and the creation of a supervised injecting centre in North Richmond. This medically supervised injecting centre will save lives and it will reduce the number of overdoses that are currently occurring in the back streets, alleyways and bathrooms in North Richmond. It will act as a gateway to the services and treatments that those people will need. It will get used syringes off the streets. It is long overdue.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: what is the latest information on the plan to upgrade South Yarra station? Earlier this year commuters were pleased to see that finally $2 million was allocated to start planning for an upgrade to South Yarra station. This is after years of neglect, 1300 signatures on my 'Upgrade South Yarra station' petition and hundreds of submissions to my commuters survey. Residents are now keen to know what progress has been made and when community consultation will occur.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to support the creation of the great forest national park, which is discussed in this matter of public importance. This really is, I think, one of the most exciting policy proposals in Victoria — to end logging in our native forests and create the great forest national park. There are so many benefits to this proposal to have a national park on Melbourne's doorstep for tourism, for sustainable industries, to transition the native forest logging industry to plantations and other industries, to improve our water quality and in fact increase water in our water supply, to tackle the effects of climate change and that massive carbon sink that we know protected native forests would be, to protect our native animals, including our faunal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, and of course to reduce the risk of fire through that natural firebreak of rainforests.