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Members Statement: Building industry regulation

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to call on the government to establish a fund to pay for the immediate replacement of dangerous cladding and other safety measures on apartment buildings found to have non-compliant, flammable cladding. Many residents in the Prahran electorate have raised this serious issue with me. Some have bought units in apartment buildings in good faith and are now being left in the lurch, faced with massive costs of tens of thousands of dollars to replace cladding, install safety measures or alternatively face eviction. What was for some people their dream home is now turning into a...

Adjournment: Cycling infrastructure

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister invest more in cycling infrastructure. When it comes to bikes, last week's budget was the same old news: stuff-all for cyclists yet again. Less than 1 per cent of new transport infrastructure spending was for bikes, and what was in there came about because the Greens pushed for more bike funding in negotiations with the government. We all know good cycling infrastructure is absolutely essential to a livable city, and as a commuter cyclist who regularly rides into...

Members Statement: Prahran High School

Mr HIBBINS — There is a lot of excitement in our community as progress toward the opening of the new Prahran high school continues. The new school has come a long way in the last four years, from securing a location and getting the extra funding required to construction, which is now taking shape on High Street. We now welcome the appointment of the new principal, Nathan Chisholm, who is engaging closely with our community. This school has been a real community effort, particularly by the School for Prahran community group and the new school planning group. It certainly has been one...

Members Statement: City Basketball League

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to congratulate the Prahran basketball team, who were grand finalists in the recent City Basketball League finals. The league was contested by teams from public housing estates across inner-city Melbourne. I was proud to sponsor the Prahran team, who were fantastic ambassadors for our community as they competed in each round at a different public housing estate, going undefeated in the regular season and making the grand final. Well done to Solomon Deng, Yor Nyangyok, B. J. Noble, Fource Nyieker, Johnny Darcy, Osman Farah and Brett Boscacci. Congratulations also go to coach Jeremy Corea, the man who put...

Justice Legislation Amendment (Access to Justice) Bill 2018

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran)  I rise briefly to speak to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Access to Justice) Bill 2018. This has a number of elements. This bill seeks primarily to implement 16 of the recommendations made in the 2015 Access to Justice Review. It also importantly ends the requirement of what is called forced divorce for transgender people wanting to change the sex marker on their birth certificate. I will address just two of the issues in the access to justice part of this bill.

Adjournment matter: South Yarra railway station

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and as this is the last sitting week before this year's budget is handed down in May, the action I am seeking from the minister is to finally fund an upgrade to South Yarra station in this year's budget. After over a decade of rapid population growth in the area and inaction from successive governments, with barely a cent being spent on the station — under the previous government there was a proposal to expand the front foyer that was rejected, and the previous government cut South Yarra station...

Questions without notice: Member's conduct

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. Premier, Victorians are rightly fed up with the seemingly endless series of scandals involving Labor and Liberal politicians. Honourable members interjecting. The SPEAKER — Order! The house will come to order. The member for Prahran, in silence. Mr HIBBINS — In just this term of Parliament we have seen MPs betray the trust of Victorians with the rorting of the second home allowance, the misuse of ministerial drivers, dinners with mobsters, secret deals with Crown Casino, Transurban and Apple, and now the misuse of public money to fund your election campaign. Victorians want politicians to do...

Question without Notice: Duck Hunting Season

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran)  — My question is to the Premier. Premier, the recent Pegasus Economics review of the Game Management Authority (GMA) found that breaches of hunting laws during duck season are widespread and commonplace and that the GMA was incapable of enforcing those laws. Given your regulator's own incompetence, will you now stand with the vast majority of Victorians who oppose duck shooting and cancel this year's duck season, due to start in 10 days?  

Constituency question: Prahran pedestrian safety

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: when will the government start taking action to improve pedestrian safety in the Prahran electorate? Safer pedestrian crossings are absolutely essential to the livability of our community, and over the past few months the minister would have received over 100 emails from residents in the Prahran electorate as part of my campaign to fix dangerous pedestrian crossings. One of the two most common pedestrians crossings that would have been raised with the minister is the crossing at Punt Road and Pasley Street North, used by...

Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures, Oversight and Independence) Bill 2018

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (Public Interest Disclosures, Oversight and Independence) Bill 2018. This is a bill that makes a number of changes to Victoria's integrity system, most significantly around protected disclosures but also to the powers of IBAC and the Ombudsman, and changes to the oversight committees as well. The Greens will be supporting this bill. It has been an ongoing journey since IBAC was created to get the sort of integrity system that we need in Victoria. Subsequent to this bill, there is still more...

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