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Question on Notice: Upgrade South Yarra Station

Question on Notice: Mr. Hibbins to ask the Minister for Transport Infrastructure In regards to the upgrade of South Yarra Station: (1) What is the latest information on the upgrade on the South Yarra station? (2) When will the works under planning permit 0483/19, which was approved in July 2019, commence? (3) When will the South Yarra station master plan be released?   Answer: I thank the Member for Prahran for his question. Work on the South Yarra station entrance and the tram stops outside the station is expected to begin later this year, with detailed design well underway. This will...

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.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL 2019: Council's amendments

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): The Greens will not be opposing the amendments put forward by the Legislative Council. We supported all but one of the amendments. The one amendment we did have concern with was around the provision of multimember wards only now being made available to rural and regional councils and not being applied to metropolitan councils. It seems to me that the fix is in, and I think it is very instructive that these amendments are coming just after we have dealt with the business of having to dismiss yet another council. This is around the fourth or fifth council...

Members Statement: COVID-19

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together, and so I urge the government to put in place urgent measures to care for people experiencing homelessness. People experiencing homelessness are not only sleeping rough but are in unsecure and/or overcrowded, substandard accommodation, making it near impossible to practise social isolation or quarantine themselves if need be. They are also more likely to have additional health conditions that could exacerbate the impact of the illness. The government must immediately make available self-contained accommodation to every person experiencing homelessness, using the now excess...

Adjournment Motion: Windsor Station Upgrade

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran):My adjournment matter is to the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister upgrade Windsor station. A good local train station is so critical to the livability of any community, and Windsor station is right in the heart of the Windsor community. In response to my local survey hundreds of commuters suggested several important but relatively low cost and achievable upgrades to the station, all whilst maintaining the station’s important heritage status. The top most popular upgrades were increasing the frequency on the Sandringham line, a second entrance at the western end...

Constituency Questions: Tram Stop 23

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: will the minister upgrade tram stop 23 on St Kilda Road at the Arthur Street intersection? This tram stop remains one of the last tram stops on St Kilda Road not to be upgraded to a level-access tram stop. This is a busy tram stop that experiences overcrowding during the morning peak, where trams pass just centimetres away from passengers waiting at the stop. This stop is simply not up to scratch for one of the world’s busiest—or the world’s busiest—tram corridor and is a significant safety...

Second Reading: Project Development and Construction Management Amendment Bill 2020

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the Project Development and Construction Management Amendment Bill 2020. This is a largely technical bill covering machinery of government changes due to the fact that the new Department of Transport is the legal successor to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. This has resulted in a number of projects now sitting within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Transport that now are essentially in the wrong department. They have responsibility over projects that sit with them, so we have got to...

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