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Prahran electorate housing

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.

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South Yarra Public Housing Tenants

Mr HIBBINS — I attended a community barbecue with Greens candidate for Higgins, Jason Ball, which was hosted by the South Yarra Public Tenants Association at the Horace Petty Estate. It was a pleasure to chat with residents, many of them from a Russian background, about the estate. We have had some great wins at the estate, with new security doors installed and an upgrade to the South Yarra Kindergarten. I look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of residents.

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TRY South Yarra Preschool

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I recently visited the TRY South Yarra Preschool in the Horace Petty estate, where I joined children for an impromptu musical performance and a kick of the footy. TRY South Yarra Preschool provides quality child care to over 40 families in the South Yarra community.

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Victorian Budget Reply 2016

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to give the budget reply on behalf of the Victorian Greens and the residents of Prahran and not only to give our response to the state government's budget but also to outline our vision and our plan for Victoria. Victoria really is a great place to call home. That is why so many people from interstate and around the world are moving in and coming to Victoria. Now is the time to have the vision and courage to take the next big steps for Victoria: to make the transition to an economy powered by clean energy; to shift to mass transit with a public transport system you can rely on, away from traffic and clogged roads; and to create the new jobs of a 21st century economy to ensure our communities remain livable. It is clear from this budget, just as it has been clear from previous budgets, that Victorians cannot trust the Labor Party or the Liberal Party to deliver on that transition.

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Pigeons

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, who I note is in the chamber tonight. The action I seek is that the minister invest in measures to prevent pigeon infestation at public housing estates in the Prahran electorate.

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