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Prahran electorate housing

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — It is clear to everyone in the Prahran electorate that homelessness has increased with a number of people sleeping rough in the Chapel Street area. I always point out that this is just the tip of the iceberg with many more people experiencing homelessness in insecure or unsafe housing rather than living on the street. Having spoken to local housing agencies, I was shocked by just how few options there are locally to place people experiencing homelessness. This results in agencies sending people to outer suburbs or even country towns where they have no ability to support them or...

Question Without Notice: Ministers Code of Conduct

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. In the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation said she had not met with Stephen Conroy, who is both a member of the ALP national executive and is also acting as a lobbyist for the gaming industry. She went on to say she would only meet him with an independent witness, and then I understand that later she said she would not meet him at all. However, the Treasurer, I understand, has said that he has met with Mr Conroy. Premier, will you direct all...

Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Bill 2017. I welcome that the debate has diverged into TAFE. There is a bit of work to go in TAFE, because we know what the Auditor-General's report into TAFE finances said. They are still struggling to stay financially sustainable with the recurrent funding. The balance sheets are only being kept in the black by the TAFE Rescue Fund and these other grants from the government, and they are all due to expire in 2018, so there is still a lot more work to be done to save TAFE...

Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017 - Consideration in Detail

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is in regard to clause 1 and the purposes. In the bail review Paul Coghlan said section 4 of the Bail Act should be amended so that it provides that: in applying the unacceptable risk, exceptional circumstances and show good reason tests, a bail decision-maker must take into account — more detailed factors, including: the nature and seriousness of the alleged offending, including whether or not it is a serious example of the offence; … any special vulnerability of the accused, including by reason of youth, being an Aboriginal person, ill health, cognitive impairment, intellectual disability or mental health; the...

Constituency Question: Operation Safe Night

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 774) 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.

Children and Justice Legislation Amendment (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Children and Justice Legislation Amendment (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017. I state at the outset that the Greens cannot support the vast majority of this bill, although there are some very worthwhile elements in it. For example, the bill provides a legislative basis for a youth justice diversion program, which is something that the experts and those people looking to reform the youth justice sector have been calling for for a very long time.

Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017. This bill aims to implement many of the recommendations of the Bail Review: First Advice to the Victorian Government. The review was conducted by the Honourable Paul Coghlan, QC, following the tragic events in January in Bourke Street. This bill also implements some recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Greens will not be opposing the bill in this house, though we will be reserving our right to put forward amendments in the other place.

LGBTI homelessness

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...

Members Statement: Windsor Primary School and Windsor Community Children's Centre

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....

members Statement: Prahran Mission

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...