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Question without Notice: Native Wildlife Protection

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, one of the reports that came out recently about Crown partnering with junket operators backed by Asia’s organised crime syndicates included evidence that high rollers were hunting and killing wombats in Victoria, which also highlighted that Victoria is the only state where there are areas where wombats are an unprotected species, and where they are protected almost 4000 are being killed per year. What is the minister doing to protect wombats from being shot and killed in Victoria?

Adjournment: Port Phillip EcoCentre

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide the funding required to support the Port Phillip EcoCentre redevelopment. The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a leading community-managed organisation led by a dedicated team of scientists, educators and volunteers who design and implement programs, with a specific focus on improving the health of Port Phillip Bay and the urban ecology of greater Melbourne. Their work spans across 160 Melbourne suburbs each year, collaborating with 120 schools and partners from business to government, philanthropy,...

Matters of Public Importance - Homelessness and Public Housing

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : Last week Victorians shivered through a week of severe cold. It also happened to be Homelessness Week. Just think what that week would have been like for people who do not have safe places to call home. The Greens put forward this matter of public importance today to debate the homelessness crisis because homelessness is the number one social justice issue facing Victoria today. Homelessness is on the rise. We see it in the streets, with people sleeping rough, but it is more than that; that is just the tip of the iceberg. So many people are...

Members Statement: Container Deposit Scheme

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to urge the government to implement a bottles and cans refund scheme in Victoria. Victoria is now the only state or territory not to have put in place or planned to put in place a refund scheme. Why is Victoria lagging on such an important environmental reform at a time when we are engulfed in a waste and recycling crisis, when bottles and cans are polluting our waterways, our local parks and our streets, and when it has the overwhelming support of the Victorian people, including residents in my own electorate of Prahran? The only...

Single Use Plastics Ban - Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2019

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to speak on the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2019, which is a bill to ban certain single-use plastic bags here in Victoria. This is a bill that the Greens strongly support. In fact it is something that my Greens colleagues and I have been pushing for for a long time as we fight to get plastics out of our rivers and oceans. In fact I am told that 17 years ago Bob Brown actually introduced a bill into the federal Parliament to help reduce plastic bags in our community. And it was two years ago...

Adjournment: Prahran Public Housing Upgrade

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) :  My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, and the action I seek is for the minister to upgrade public housing estates in the Prahran electorate, of which there are several in South Yarra, Prahran, St Kilda and Windsor—all around the Prahran electorate, including building new public housing on those estates as well to fix homelessness and reduce the public housing waiting list. More and more people are facing homelessness, sleeping rough, fleeing family violence or living in unsafe and unsecure accommodation. The conditions of some people’s homes, and these are people’s homes, is just unacceptable.  ...

Budget Reply 2019-2020

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise on behalf of the Greens to respond to the budget. This budget really is the Premier’s and the government’s missed moment, their missed moment to hand down a budget that would put our climate and our environment at its heart. It is not a budget that puts climate and environment at its heart, at a time when more people are concerned and when more people are taking to the streets, particularly young people, demanding action on climate change and species extinction; when we are already experiencing the effects of climate change, drought, bushfires, extreme weather and...

Constituency questions: South Yarra Station Draft Masterplan

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My constituency question is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, and I ask again: what is the latest information and time line on the South Yarra station upgrade and master plan? In response to my previous question the minister stated that work would commence this year and that there had been widespread consultation. However, we had to find out in the recent budget that the time line for completion has been pushed out by half a year to halfway through next year due to contractual lease negotiations. The original South Yarra station master plan project time line...

Metropolitan train and tram services

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to run metropolitan trains and trams at least every 10 minutes from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., seven days a week. That would create turn-up-and-go train and tram services across Melbourne on every tram route and almost every train line. All this can be done now using existing infrastructure. Let me be clear: we do not need to wait until Melbourne Metro is complete to get turn-up-and-go services across the network as this relates to off‑peak services and...

Member Statement: Waste & Recycling Management

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) – I rise to express my disappointment in the failure of the government to use the budget to fix the waste crisis. This is what the government could do now: stand up to Coca-Cola and the beverage industry and implement a container deposit scheme, which has the overwhelming support of the community; finally implement the plastic bag ban, which was announced years ago during the Northcote by-election, and go further on unnecessary plastics; introduce kerbside organic collection, which will get the most polluting form of waste out of landfill and which is so important to people who live...

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