Sam HIBBINS (Prahran) — If South Yarra was to get a helipad built by a private developer to serve a few people who live in penthouse apartments before its overcrowded train station, used by thousands, got an upgrade, it would represent much that is wrong with our state's planning system, where population grows, just like it is doing in the Forrest Hill area and in South Yarra, but critical infrastructure like public transport is not improved, just like we are seeing at Toorak station with the overcrowding there and the failure to include South Yarra in the Melbourne Metro rail project.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill 2017, which I understand makes further changes to the bail system in response to the bail review undertaken by Justice Coghlan, with this bill really addressing those measures of the bail system or providing greater context around the decision-making process, about whether to grant bail and then adding context around the balance of presumption of innocence and community safety.
The Greens will be supporting this bill. Certainly it is our hope that the bill will remove some of the uncertainty around the granting of bail and will lead to a better system that will make it more difficult for serious offenders to be granted bail and not just result in more people being held in remand, which is problematic itself.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Premier, and the action I seek is that the Premier protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Victorians from discrimination.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — It is time to turn the page on the era of privatisation and neoliberalism in Victoria. For the past 25 years Victorian governments have been privatising public assets like energy, transport, the training sector, social services and even prisons. The current government has sold off the port of Melbourne. Now they want to sell off the land titles office, public housing estates, disability group homes and even Federation Square. And what have we got for it? An energy system that is broken, a public transport system that cannot cope with demand, a TAFE and training sector trashed by dodgy private providers, public housing run-down and now being sold off, inequality rising and wage growth low.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. Premier, you have signed the West Gate tunnel contract before knowing how it will be paid for. In fact it would appear that the 10-year toll extension will not be introduced until the next term of Parliament. Premier, why didn't you introduce the amendments to the concession deed before the West Gate tunnel contracts were signed?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the Major Events Legislation Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Other Matters) Bill 2017. This bill has been introduced to expand ticket scalping controls to non-sporting events such as the theatre, concerts and festivals, although I do understand that it will also be used for other sporting events such as AFL finals and the Anzac Day match between Essendon and Collingwood. It does this by creating a new declaration called a major event ticketing declaration which will differ from the current sports ticketing event declaration, which I understand will be retained. Under the existing sports ticketing event declaration it requires the minister to declare a sports ticketing event some nine months before the actual event and then requires the organiser to lodge a ticket scheme which contains conditions of the sale of those tickets and disclosure of the ticket allocation among other things, and obviously the minister then approves that ticket scheme.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak in support of the amendments and hope that they do pass this house. We have had a very passionate and very extended debate on the legislation, and hopefully this house can now finalise these amendments and pass this bill. It is absolutely critical that this bill pass. It is far too important for the amendments to fail. I imagine that the bill would be sent back to the other house and that it would ping between the two houses for more extended debate, if that were to occur. So it is absolutely important that these amendments are accepted and this bill passes. It has the overwhelming support of the Victorian community. They are relying on us to get this done.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016. I am going to find it a bit difficult to top the previous speaker. And do you know what? I am not even going to try.
This bill has come about because of the appalling conditions in puppy farms and commercial breeding. The appalling conditions that those dogs have been in is an issue that the Greens have raised many times over the past decade — in fact 18 times in this Parliament, I am well informed — and I have no doubt that Sue Pennicuik, the Greens animal welfare spokesperson over that time, has made a substantial number of those contributions. It has certainly been the Greens' policy and the Greens' position that puppy farms should be abolished altogether. The reason for that is because of the terrible quality of life for the dogs in these puppy farms, where profit is being put in front of animal welfare and where animals are being confined to cages for most of their lives.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to oppose the government's sell-off of public housing land to private developers, including at Bangs Street in Prahran. We need more public housing and we need better public housing, not a sell-off plan that will only slightly increase the number of units, reduce capacity by reducing the number of bedrooms, and forever limit the amount of public housing that can be put on these estates by selling off around 70 per cent of the estate.
QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Public Transport —
With reference to awarding the contract for the construction of the Melbourne Metro tunnel and stations:
How have the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium demonstrated that their designs for the project do not preclude the provision of a future South Yarra station?