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North East Link Bill 2020: Second Reading

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the North East Link Bill 2020. This bill will establish the North East Link tolling corporation; provide for the imposition, collection and enforcement of tolls; and provide for the tabling and amendment of the North East Link tolling agreement. It will also make several consequential amendments to the Road Management Act 2004 and other acts. It is important to go into why this bill has been brought before this house—why the government is setting up a publicly owned tolling company to run tolls on the North East Link. It is...

Questions without notice: Onshore conventional gas

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My question is to the Premier. Premier, onshore gas drilling will make climate change worse through the burning of methane gas for energy and the release of methane into the atmosphere, as well as putting our farmland and our natural environment at risk. How on earth can the government at this time, and also in a time of climate crisis, justify lifting the moratorium on conventional onshore gas drilling? Mr ANDREWS (Mulgrave—Premier): I thank the member for Prahran for his question. As the member for Prahran knows only too well, a science-based review of these arrangements has been conducted...

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES COMMITTEE: Report on the 2019–20 Budget Estimates

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee report into the budget estimates 2019–20. Within those budget estimates it did provide for a $1.8 billion so-called efficiency dividend, which we know will be cuts to the public service. The budget outlined these whole-of-government efficiencies of $201.3 million in 2019–20, $462.8 million in 2021, $524.2 million—that is over half a billion dollars—in 2021–22 and $548.6 million in 2022–23. The state government has now doubled down on this, or even more than doubled down, with the Treasurer recently announcing $4 billion worth of cuts to the public sector over four years. As reported...

Members Statements: Onshore conventional gas

Mr HIBBINS: I condemn the state government’s decision to allow for conventional onshore gas drilling. To deal with the climate crisis, fossil fuels need to stay in the ground, full stop. Onshore gas drilling is devastating for our climate, is bad for the environment, is bad for farmers and stands in the way of getting to 100 per cent renewable energy, and it is a cynical move to announce it now.