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Local Government Bill 2019

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Local Government Bill 2019, which incorporates proposed legislation from the previous Parliament for modernisation of the Local Government Act 1989. I acknowledge that those changes were subject to extensive consultation and actually did provide for some really good improvements to local government. The key elements there are the structure and constitution of councils, the election of councillors and appointment of council administration, the role of council, the principles and other matters as to how they actually perform their role, integrated strategic planning and financial management and...

Members Statement: Tibetan Delegation

Mr HIBBINS: I recently met with a delegation from the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, accompanied by members of Victoria’s Tibetan community, many of whom live in the Prahran electorate. I know the situation in Tibet is of deep concern to many people in Victoria and, I am sure, many members of this place. Many members of the Tibetan community are former political prisoners and their families. They left Tibet having resisted the brutal repression and illegal occupation of their country. Some have been imprisoned for up to 24 years. Members of the delegation reported continued violations of the human rights of the Tibetan...

Question without Notice: Political Donations

Mr HIBBINS: My question is to the Premier. Nine years ago the then Labor government, which the Premier was a member of, along with the then Liberal opposition joined together to oppose and defeat a Greens motion calling on them to refrain from accepting political donations from property developers. Premier, do you acknowledge that this was the wrong decisionand commit on behalf of this government and its MPs to not accept political donations from property developers? Mr ANDREWS (Mulgrave—Premier) : I do thank the member for Prahran for his question. I was not aware that the ninth anniversary of the defeat...

Climate Change motion

Mr HIBBINS: I desire to move, by leave: That this house:(1) notes the link between the recent bushfires, heatwave and drought as human-induced climate change;and(2) declares we are in a climate emergency requiring an urgent plan to keep coal and gas in the ground. Leave refused.

Members Statement: Pill Testing

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to speak in support of a pill testing scheme to be implemented here in Victoria. Yet more experts have come out in support of pill testing. The New South Wales coroner, Ambulance Victoria and Melbourne City Council, who host a number of festivals and events in their municipality, have come out in support and joined the City of Port Phillip in support of pill testing. So, as the summer festival season arrives, I again implore the state government to act. The Premier’s stubborn refusal to consider even the smaller proposal by Ambulance Victoria—where alerts...

Constituency question: Tram Route 58

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the question I ask is: when will the high-capacity E-class trams be put into regular service along tram route 58, which travels through the Prahran electorate and through South Yarra? It was a welcome announcement that the new trams would begin testing on route 58, and certainly getting new high-capacity trams to run along tram routes throughout the Prahran electorate is something that I have been advocating for for a long time, particularly on route 58, which is one of Melbourne’s busiest routes that experiences frequent...

Adjournment: Public Sector Wage Gap

Mr HIBBINS : My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer, and the action I seek is for the Treasurer to abandon the government’s low 2 per cent public sector wage cap. This wage cap is suppressing wage growth across both the public and private sectors of our economy. This 2 per cent cap is actually lower than the projected CPI across the forward estimates, which means public sector workers could actually face real cuts to wages. The governor of the Reserve Bank, Philip Lowe, warned earlier this year that federal and state government wage caps across the country are helping to...

Question without Notice: Climate Emergency

Mr HIBBINS : My question is to the Premier. Premier, this week the federal Labor opposition supported a Greens motion to declare a climate emergency. They also proposed theirown motion to declare a climate emergency because, and I quote the shadow minister: … future generations deserve nothing less. Premier, will the state Labor government now declare a climate emergency in Victoria? Mr ANDREWS: I thank the member for Prahran for his question. I have never thought it advisable to vote for Greens motions. There are exceptions every now and then, but I would not have supported that motion, nor would I...

Adjournment: Congestion Levy

Mr  HIBBINS :  My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer, and the action I seek is for the Treasurer to allocate every cent that is raised from the current congestion levy on parking to sustainable transport projects in the inner city. Unlocking the congestion levy would be a boon for the livability of the inner city and inner-city communities. Using the levy to invest in sustainable transport would create kilometres of separated bike lanes; upgraded pedestrian infrastructure such as shared zones, crossings and streetscapes; and tram super-stops across inner Melbourne. The congestion levy currently applies to off-street parking spaces in the...

Members Statement: Windsor Primary School

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): Good local public schools are so essential to a livable community, so it was really pleasing to spend some time at Windsor Primary School as part of the principal for a day program and join principal Peter Seddon and meet some of the staff, including some student teachers, and of course meet the students and get a sneak preview of what I am sure was a terrific whole-school performance, and to get an understanding of Peter’s and his team’s approach to educating and supporting young people from their approach to school leadership to what happens in the classroom....

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