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Matters of Public Importance - Great Forest National Park

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to support the creation of the great forest national park, which is discussed in this matter of public importance. This really is, I think, one of the most exciting policy proposals in Victoria — to end logging in our native forests and create the great forest national park. There are so many benefits to this proposal to have a national park on Melbourne's doorstep for tourism, for sustainable industries, to transition the native forest logging industry to plantations and other industries, to improve our water quality and in fact increase water in our water supply, to tackle...

Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Victorian Greens on the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Gaming Machine Arrangements) Bill 2017. This government had a real opportunity before the pokies licences expire in 2022 to put in place a tough regime for pokies operators that would genuinely reduce harm from these machines. These machines have been around since the 1990s and have damaged lives, have destroyed families and are draining billions of dollars from Victorians every year.

Members Statement: Hornby Street Crossover

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to condemn the appalling way that VicRoads has handled the closure of the Hornby Street, Windsor, crossover. It goes something like this: close the crossover with no warning to residents and no chance for consultation; months later, despite requests for a face-to-face meeting with VicRoads, tell people that if they have got any ideas, to send them an email; then wait for over a year to have an onsite meeting with residents and completely underestimate how many people will show up, resulting in a shambolic meeting, without anyone being able hear what was being said and...

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran)  — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. The Greens will be supporting this bill. Voluntary assisted dying, or dying with dignity, has been a long-held policy of the Greens. It is worth pointing out that whilst I personally support this legislation, this is also a matter of policy for the Greens. Whilst I understand that this is a free vote for other members of this chamber, I am certainly urging all members to support this bill, and I am urging them to support this bill for the following reasons.

Gaming licences

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation. Last month the government allowed the approval of 50 pokies to be installed in the Grandview Hotel in Fairfield, against the wishes of the local community. This is despite the Royal Commission into Family Violence showing a link between gambling addiction and family violence —

Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Bill 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak briefly on the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Bill 2017 because I really understand the absolute importance of open space and recreational space in our area. This bill will have a positive effect not just on the Glen Eira municipality and the Glen Eira community, but those in Stonnington, Monash, Port Phillip and surrounding areas.

St Kilda Road Improvement Study

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (13 069) My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the latest information on the St Kilda Road safety improvement study? With spring arriving and the sun coming out more and more people will be riding their bikes, St Kilda Road is one of our most popular routes, but also one of the most dangerous.

Members Statement: Claude Ullin

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to pay tribute Claude Ullin, who passed away recently. Claude served as a councillor in the City of Malvern and the City of Stonnington for 25 years. He was mayor of Stonnington and Malvern five times, the last being in 2016.

Members Statement: Marriage law postal survey

Mr HIBBINS — This weekend I was out and about in the Prahran electorate supporting marriage equality and encouraging people to fill out their surveys and post them back straightaway. The response from Prahran residents has been an overwhelming 'yes', with many residents anxious they had not received their surveys yet and very much keen to support marriage equality. I am in awe of the strength and resilience of the LGBTI community for all the rubbish they have had to put up with in their fight for equality, this survey being just one other example.

Adjournment Speech: South Yarra Primary School

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and I raise it on behalf of the South Yarra Primary School community. The action I seek from the minister is to address both the immediate and the long-term issues faced by overcrowding at South Yarra Primary School.

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