Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I recently attended the 80-year university of the Prahran football club's first premiership, where in 1937 they defeated Brunswick by two points in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) grand final in front of 10 000 people at Toorak Park. It was great to hear club legends Jack Morgans and Charlie Payne reminisce about the match they watched as boys.
Mr HIBBINS — I attended a screening of Guarding the Galilee, which is a 30-minute documentary on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, the Adani Carmichael project. The documentary was by the Stonnington Climate Action Network and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 651) My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the minister going to do to make the intersection of Yarra Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra, safe for pedestrians?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Greens amendments to the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017. These are commonsense amendments put forward by the Greens spokesperson for women in the other place, Nina Springle. These enshrine in legislation a review of section 31(3) of that act, which is being changed by clause 32 of this bill. That particular clause extended the period between serving a family violence safety notice and the first mention date from five to 14 days.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017. This bill creates a Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation commissioner. It outlines that commissioner's functions, which are to plan for the rehabilitation of coalmine land and to implement a regional rehabilitation strategy in consultation with the community. The bill requires the commissioner to also prepare and publish a Latrobe Valley regional rehabilitation strategy.
Constituency Question: changing the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 528) My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: will the minister change the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection to assist both pedestrians and vehicles doing a U-turn in the absence of the Hornby Street crossover? A number of people have listed this intersection as an issue on the Victoria Walks WalkSpot map.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I am going to support the amendment by the opposition in this instance to debate the establishment of a select committee before moving to the budget. The Greens have put forward their preference for this matter to be sent to the Privileges Committee for further investigation and for it to propose a sanction that it can bring back to this house. I was not necessarily convinced that the select committee was the best way to go, but in the absence of a referral from the government I will be supporting this amendment because this is the proposal that is on the table.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2017. This bill gives the police powers to direct people wearing masks in certain circumstances to leave a designated area; introduces new public order offences to replace the existing common-law and public-order offences with increased maximum sentences; and requires local government to consult with Victoria Police when considering applications for permits that relate to proposed protests.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 538) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister go to South Yarra railway station in the morning peak and witness the congestion firsthand. The minister will be able to see the crowded single entrance on Toorak Road; the congested footpath, with bikes chained to the railing; the dangerous pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street; the chaos on Toorak Road, with trams so crowded commuters cannot board and people spilling onto the road; and of course the overcrowded peak-hour trains. The minister will be able to go to Yarra Lane to see the land set aside for a northern entrance and platform overpass. While she is there I am happy to furnish her with documents that I obtained through FOI that expose the complete lack of investment in one of Melbourne's busiest stations for well over a decade, including a plan considered but abandoned by the previous government to expand the front foyer area.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the budget on behalf of the Victorian Greens. It is unfortunate that this budget has been handed down under a cloud — over this government and over this Parliament — because of this government's failure to do what is necessary and what is right about the rorting of the second home allowance by the former Speaker and Deputy Speaker.