Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 784) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing. The action I seek is for the minister to develop and implement an LGBTI homelessness action plan to address the high rates of LGBTI people who are homeless and improve their access to homelessness services. LGBTI communities are over-represented in homelessness statistics. According to latest ABS data, 33.7 per cent of lesbian and gay people have experienced homelessness compared to 13.4 per cent of heterosexuals. As the Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson I have met with a number of young people who are same-sex attracted, transgender or gender diverse who have shared with me some horror stories when it comes to accessing homelessness services. I would like to acknowledge and thank the members of Minus18 and Ygender who were willing to meet and share their stories with me directly.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I recently attended a ceremony to commemorate the renaming of Windsor Primary School, which since 2001 has been known as Stonnington Primary School. Windsor primary is one of the oldest schools in the state and has been known by several names, so it is great to see them return to the name that best fits their identity and represents the local suburb of Windsor. This is following on from Windsor Community Children's Centre, which last year changed its name from Swinburne Prahran Community Children's Centre. The new name better suits their identity and their role in our local community. Windsor is a great suburb to be part of, and I am glad to see the local primary school and community childcare centre embracing the Windsor name.
Mr HIBBINS — I attended the launch of the Prahran Mission winter breakfast in support of the great work Prahran Mission does for those in need. At the breakfast we heard from a volunteer who detailed how the Voices Vic program for people who live with hearing voices had changed her life and made her proud to be part of the hearing voices community. We also heard from Kevin Sheedy, who recalled his days growing up in Prahran and the challenges he faced as a pioneering coach for Essendon. Thanks to all at Prahran Mission, especially the caterers for the morning. Go Bombers!
Mr HIBBINS — International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was a day to reaffirm our commitment to stand up against discrimination and hate and support love and equality. I joined Senator Janet Rice, the Greens federal LGBTI spokesperson, and members of the Queer Greens for a discussion about the issues facing the LGBTI communities. Thanks to all who attended.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. Minister, last week members of the Health and Community Services Union rallied at Parliament to oppose the privatisation of disability group homes. At the last election Labor promised it would not privatise public disability services. Can you explain to union members, to disability service users, to their families and even to the members for Brunswick and Ivanhoe, who were at the rally, why you are breaking this promise?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Police and is in relation to Operation Safe Night, where sniffer dogs are being used on Chapel Street to address illegal drug use. This operation follows several people dying earlier this year after taking drugs, some in clubs in the Prahran electorate.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (By leave) — I rise to express my condolences for the lives lost in the terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester is one of the few cities outside Melbourne that I have been lucky enough to live in and call home, and while my time there was relatively short, it is a city that I will always know and love. It is a city full of passionate people who care deeply about the things that give Manchester its identity — about social justice, about football, about music and even Corrie. It is a city that, like Melbourne, celebrates its ethnic diversity and its LGBTI communities and it is a city that is now hurting and is now coming together.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017. It is always good to see a lot of passion in the chamber about local government. Certainly the Greens and I are very passionate about local government and are very big supporters of the local government sector and local communities.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 689) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for minister to fix the tram stop at the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, stop 128 on route 58 outbound. This stop is notoriously unsafe for commuters getting off at this stop and many have raised it with me personally and indeed I have witnessed issues at this stop. It has been raised a number of times on the Victoria Walks spot map and the Greens Transport Troubles map as well. Some of the comments, which I will read into Hansard, are:
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.