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Victoria continues to fall short when it comes to public school funding

MEDIA RELEASE A comparison of state and federal funding agreements has exposed the Andrews Labor Government’s woeful rate of public school funding.   Victoria currently spends less on public schools than any other state or territory in Australia, and with its current agreement, will be the last state to reach the agreed funding rate of 75 per cent.   The government’s agreement even allows it to claim additional expenditure in the 4 per cent accounting trick, which allows states to claim non-school based expenditure towards their 75 per cent target.   Victorian Greens spokesperson for education, Sam Hibbins, said it...

Victorians need certainty that Somyurek didn't meddle with proposed council ward changes

Victorians need certainty that Somyurek didn't meddle with proposed council ward changes 22/06/2020   The Victorian Greens have called on the new minister for local government, Shaun Leane, to ensure that any proposed council ward changes made by Adem Somyurek were done in good faith and not to corrupt local democracy.   They said that Victorians deserved certainty that the proposed changes were not politically motivated and aligned with the proposals put forward by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).   Earlier this year Somyurek put forward new proposals for the ward boundaries of eight metropolitan councils – Bayside, Cardinia Shire,...

Constituency Question: Live Music Venues

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Creative Industries, and I ask: will the minister establish a support fund for live music venues so live music venues in the Prahran electorate can survive this pandemic? Live music venues—the clubs and pubs in the Prahran electorate around the Chapel Street area—are an essential part of our local area. Revolver, Chasers and the Windsor Castle Hotel are just some of the institutions and many venues in Prahran, and no doubt many members in this place have frequented those venues at some point or another. The vibrancy they bring, their...

Members Statement: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): Black lives matter, Indigenous lives matter, and I acknowledge in speaking on this issue there is actually no Indigenous person in this place to do the same. The murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA, has turned the world’s attention to Black Lives Matter and the need to address racism, systemic racism and the need for criminal justice reform. The situation here in Victoria is damning. There are more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in jail than ever before in Victoria’s history. The rate of Indigenous incarceration in Victoria...

Second Reading: Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise on behalf of the Victorian Greens to speak to the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020. This bill is bringing school boarding premises under the remit of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA), ensuring that boarding schools must comply with the Victorian child safe standards. These changes are implementing the recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. I would like to start by acknowledging the work of the royal commission and of course more importantly the incredible bravery and strength of survivors who shared their...

Question on Notice: Bangs Street redevelopment:

QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Housing —    In regards to the Bangs Street, Prahran, redevelopment:   (1) When will the plans be released for local residents and members of the public to view and consider.   (2) When will construction begin.   (3) Can the Minister provide assurances that the mature trees on the perimeter of the site will be protected.  

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