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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....

Members Statement: Melbourne Bike Share Scheme

Mr HIBBINS: I also wish to express my disappointment in the government’s decision to scrap the Melbourne Bike Share scheme. Almost every world-class city has a successful public bike share scheme. But Melbourne’s is half‑baked scheme never got the support it needed from government to work. It was almost as if it were set up to fail. There were never enough bikes and stations. I used to see people riding down Chapel Street on them all the time, visiting Prahran Market, but we never got any stations put there. There was a lack of proper bike infrastructure in the inner city....

Adjournment: North East Link

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, and the action I seek is for the minister to rethink the North East Link. Today on the steps of Parliament local residents spoke about the devastating impact that this toll road will have on their local amenity, their environment and their green spaces. I was presented with a joint letter signed by hundreds of people calling on the government to stop the North East Link, which I will read into Hansard. It is to 'Dear Premier’ and the minister: We call on you to stop the...

Question with Notice: Climate Strike Demands

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Premier. Next week there will be another climate strike, again led by students striking from school. Whilst the Premier has stated his support for the striking students, his government has not given support to their demand of 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030. What does the Premier say in response to young people demanding 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030 to ensure a safe future?

Constituency question: Upgrade Tram Stop 128

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: when will the minister fix the dangerous tram stop on the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, stop 128 outbound on route 58? Commuters are frequently experiencing or witnessing near misses from vehicles not stopping for stationary trams, creating a risk of injury for passengers getting on or off the tram. With the new Capitol Grand Tower opening soon, this unsafe tram stop is going to get busier and busier. I am currently running a petition to upgrade the tram stop, and I will...

Constituency question: Bangs Street Redevelopment

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Minister for Housing, and I ask the minister: what is the latest information on the Bangs Street public housing estate redevelopment in the Prahran electorate? Many local residents in the area are concerned that the buildings are now sitting apparently vacant. People are seeing an increase in antisocial behaviour and a build-up of rubbish in and around the area, with a concern for personal safety. The amenity of the area is significantly impacted by having this a vacant site. With no confirmed dates for demolition and a rebuild, who knows how long...

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