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Native Forest Logging

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) In November 2016 members of the Forestry Industry Taskforce wrote to the Premier stating a desire to work with the Premier and the government. However, the Premier, I am led to believe, never responded. Isn’t it true that the taskforce did reach consensus and did want to continue work but has stopped because the Premier has put protecting our native forests from logging in the political too-hard basket? Mr ANDREWS (Mulgrave—Premier): See, this is why the member for Warrandyte should hang around. He should behave so he can be here for the whole of question time, with...

Constituency question: Bike Safety

Mr HIBBINS(Prahran) - My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads, and the question I ask is: what is the latest information on the St Kilda Road safe bike lanes? This has been project I and many others have been advocating for, and certainly I welcome the funds for the project in this year’s budget. It is absolutely essential if Melbourne is going to be a livable city that Prahran remains livable, that we get more people riding and that we get safe bike lanes along St Kilda Road. I welcome the quicker time line outlined in the budget. The...

Members Statement: Transport Infrastructure

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to speak in support of a number of councils and communities that are pushing for sustainable transport projects and policies in their areas. We have got the City of Melbourne and its necessary plans to pedestrianise Elizabeth Street and other parts of the CBD, building safe bike lanes along Exhibition Street and across Melbourne. Port Phillip and Glen Eira councils are pushing for safer cycling routes, particularly along St Kilda Road and Inkerman Street. Moreland council are reforming their parking policy to reduce congestion. Stonnington council has got a new bike strategy in the offing,...

Members Statement: Budget for Prahran

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise on the last sitting day before the budget to put on the record what we would like to see and some of the things that would be of benefit to the Prahran electorate. Firstly, I would urge the government to make good on their promises at the recent election, particularly in relation to our local schools, many of which are bursting at the seams and are in particular need of that urgent funding. In terms of transport I would urge the government to bring forward the separated St Kilda Road bike lanes. We cannot wait until...

Adjournment: Climate and Environment Budget

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer, and the action I seek is to make the upcoming state budget a multibillion-dollar climate and environment budget: to plan to stop burning coal and gas by 2030; to end the waste crisis; and to protect and restore our natural environment—and to fund it by using the half a billion dollars that is sitting unspent in the Sustainability Fund and getting those industries that are making super profits, like the banks and developers, to pay more. This government has had budgets that have focused on education, infrastructure and even law...

Question without Notice: Coal Fired Power Stations

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My question is to the Premier. Premier, half of Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our coal-fired power stations, which means if you do not have a plan for coal, you do not have a serious plan for climate change. Premier, why doesn’t your government have a plan in place to phase out the Victoria’s remaining coal-fired power stations?

Motions: Senator Fraser Anning

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to support the motions put forward by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition in condemning those hateful words by that senator. Words can and do incite violence. Words can and do incite terror. Words can and do incite murder. It is time to stand up and put an end to hate speech, to Islamophobia and to bigotry in all forms. We are in a time when hate speech is on the rise across the world, not just in the dark recesses of society but also in our Parliaments, from political leaders, on our...

Members Statement: Horace Petty Estate

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise today to call on the government to address the significant safety concerns that are facing many public housing tenants at the Horace Petty estate. Public housing estates are people’s homes and their community. They can and they should be great places to live, but the ongoing under investment in areas such as upgrades and security have led to this deteriorating situation. My office is regularly receiving reports from residents, and in fact I attended a recent neighbourhood action group meeting on the estate, which was also attended by the local police and tenants association, where...

Constituency questions: Frankston line services

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran):  My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: will the government urgently increase peak-hour services and improve reliability on the Frankston line for passengers at Hawksburn, Toorak and Armadale stations? Commuters using those stations have had to put up with a shocker of a fortnight, with train cancellations and delays. But this is not just a problem that has occurred in recent weeks; it has been going on for years. These stations are expressed by Frankston trains during the morning peak and afternoon peak, resulting in waits of up to 12 minutes between...

Adjournment: Waste and Recycling Management

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 fix the recycling crisis and do it using the $500 million that is sitting in the Sustainability Fund for this very purpose. In the Prahran electorate residents are doing the right thing but their recycling is being sent to landfill. In the City of Port Phillip residents have sent around 400 tonnes of recyclables to landfill. Stonnington has also been affected; their recycling is going to landfill. It is absolutely unacceptable. The government...

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