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Climate strike exposes the Victorian Labor Government's shocking record on coal

2019-09-19 The Victorian Greens are highlighting the Victorian Labor Government’s shocking record on coal and the inadequacies of their renewable energy target in the lead up to Friday’s global climate strike in Melbourne. KEY FACTS Victoria burns more coal per year than the proposed Adani mine will produce each year. Victoria’s three brown coal power stations burn a combined total of around a million tonnes of coal per week. Victoria’s Yallourn power station is Australia’s oldest and most polluting coal-fired power station. Victoria’s energy sector will still produce 33.9 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2030 – down from 35.9...

Greens announce plan to boost investment in sustainable transport

Hundreds of millions of dollars would be spent on sustainable transport in the inner city under a Greens plan to use the revenue raised from the existing congestion levy on car parking spaces. Under the plan, the $101 million raised annually from the state government’s congestion levy on car parking spaces in the Cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip and Moreland, would be spent on sustainable transport within those councils. The levy would be used to fund projects that align with council’s integrated transport plans including: Cycling infrastructure such as separated bike lanes. Pedestrian infrastructure such as shared zones, crossings...

South Yarra Helipad

Victorian Greens member for Prahran, Sam Hibbins, condemns plans for helipad in South Yarra. The helipad would sit atop the Capitol Grand, which is currently under construction. Mr Hibbins says the costs to the community greatly outweigh any benefit for the owners of the six penthouses who would be able to use it. “This is a classic example of a planning decision that would benefit the very few at great cost to the local community, especially residents who live within close proximity. “The number of objections shows there is already significant community opposition, and I share their concerns, especially about...

South Yarra station upgrade announcement win for local commuters

Greens MP for Prahran Sam Hibbins MP has welcomed $2 Million for planning an upgrade to South Yarra station. Upgrading South Yarra station is one of Sam’s key priorities as the state member for Prahran. The announcement comes after an extensive campaign Sam has run to Upgrade South Yarra station including a petition which has gathered over 1,300 signatures and an Upgrade South Yarra station survey which with over 900 respondents.  

Labor neglects South Yarra station commuters again

Greens MP for Prahran Sam Hibbins as slammed the state government’s decision not to fund an upgrade to South Yarra station in this year’s state budget.  South Yarra Station is the busiest non-CBD station and is struggling to serve over 13,000 commuters, after years of neglect by both Labor and Liberal state governments combined with rapid population growth in the area.

Labor and Liberal vote against equality for students

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...

Proposed changes to Equal Opportunity Act leave LGBTI Victorian’s at risk

Victorian Greens equality spokesperson Sam Hibbins says the State Government’s changes to the Equal Opportunity Act will still leave thousands of Victorian’s at risk of discrimination because of their sexuality or gender identity. “The inherent requirements test is weak. It will leave LGBTI employees and job seekers unprotected by law if they are discriminated against,” Sam Hibbins said. "The Equality Minister says 'equality is not negotiable’ yet he's happy to negotiate away protection for LGBTI people.

Greens call for Government to amend AFL Grand Final ticket scheme

Greens sport spokesperson Sam Hibbins has called on the State Government to amend the AFL Grand Final ticket scheme to allocate more tickets to competing club members. “The AFL is raking in profits from the Grand Final. It’s time they gave back to fans by increasing the ticket allocation to competing club members,” Sam Hibbins said. “Just 30 per cent of Grand Final tickets are allocated to competing club members while the AFL cashes in on corporate tickets. “It’s a slap in the face to loyal club members that corporate tickets worth thousands are already on sale. “The Minister for...

Greens say Liberals can't be trusted with LGBTI equality

Greens say Liberals can't be trusted with LGBTI equality Greens equality spokesperson Sam Hibbins says a vow by the Victorian opposition to abandon the Safe Schools program will put young people at risk.

Melbourne Metro project will adversely impact South Yarra community

Greens Prahran MP Sam Hibbins says the Melbourne Metro project will adversely impact the local South Yarra community while offering them few benefits. "There will be major disruptions and loss of amenity during constructions, yet few benefits without a South Yarra interchange," Sam Hibbins said. "It's hypocritical of the government to say the benefits will justify disruptions, when they use disruption as an excuse not to build a South Yarra interchange with Melbourne Metro. "The Government's own figures show a South Yarra interchange will deliver significant benefits for South Yarra commuters. An interchange will improve amenity in South Yarra by...