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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...

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...

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