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Second reading: Local Government (Casey City Council) Bill 2020

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): The Greens will be supporting the bill to dismiss the Casey council, and we do share the opposition’s concerns around the lengthy period before there is actually an election in Casey. So we put on the record that our preference would be for a shorter time before there is actually a democratically elected council put back in place in Casey, but we also acknowledge the monitor’s statement that the period should extend further than the next election period. One of the main issues that has been raised in the monitor’s report is the clear conflict of interest...

Members statements: Duck Hunting Season

Mr HIBBINS: As I speak right now, the decision whether or not to proceed with Victoria’s duck hunting season has yet to be made. With drought conditions, waterbird and duck numbers at historically low levels and habitat being lost, one would have to ask: if duck shooting season is not cancelled this year, when will it ever be? Of course the fact that the state government has to even make this decision every year by continuing to support duck shooting, which results in the death and injury of native birds every single year, is unfathomable. It is time to end...

Members statements: Rose Kelly

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to pay tribute to Rose Kelly, who was the director of the Windsor Community Children’s Centre before she died tragically last year. Rose was a community builder, a leader in the early childhood sector and a trusted colleague and friend to the educators, families and community members she worked with, including our Indigenous community and Reconciliation Stonnington. Rose’s death is a huge loss to her husband and son and to our wider community. It was heartwarming to see so many people come together to honour Rose’s life over the weekend and to know that her...

Adjournment Motion: Climate Change

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My adjournment matter is for the Premier, and the action I seek is for the Premier to increase his government’s ambition on climate action here in Victoria in the wake of the devastating bushfires that have occurred across our state and across the country. There is no doubt about the link between climate change and the fires that have occurred. So many people are drawing the link—rightly so—between climate policy and these fires and demanding more climate action from their governments. A lot of credit does need to go to the newly elected federal Greens leader, Adam...

Motions: Bushfires

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise in support of the fire condolence motion moved by the Premier. The impacts of these fires that have occurred over this summer in 2020 have been catastrophic. Five people here in Victoria have lost their lives, and I want to pay tribute to them—to David Moresi, to Mick Roberts, to Fred Becker, to Mat Kavanagh and to Bill Slade. We pay tribute to them, and our thoughts are with their families, just as our thoughts are with those of the 29 others that have lost their lives in the fires in New South Wales, the ACT...

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...

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