Mr HIBBINS — I attended the launch of the Prahran Mission winter breakfast in support of the great work Prahran Mission does for those in need. At the breakfast we heard from a volunteer who detailed how the Voices Vic program for people who live with hearing voices had changed her life and made her proud to be part of the hearing voices community. We also heard from Kevin Sheedy, who recalled his days growing up in Prahran and the challenges he faced as a pioneering coach for Essendon. Thanks to all at Prahran Mission, especially the caterers for the morning. Go Bombers!
Mr HIBBINS — International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was a day to reaffirm our commitment to stand up against discrimination and hate and support love and equality. I joined Senator Janet Rice, the Greens federal LGBTI spokesperson, and members of the Queer Greens for a discussion about the issues facing the LGBTI communities. Thanks to all who attended.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. Minister, last week members of the Health and Community Services Union rallied at Parliament to oppose the privatisation of disability group homes. At the last election Labor promised it would not privatise public disability services. Can you explain to union members, to disability service users, to their families and even to the members for Brunswick and Ivanhoe, who were at the rally, why you are breaking this promise?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) (By leave) — I rise to express my condolences for the lives lost in the terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester is one of the few cities outside Melbourne that I have been lucky enough to live in and call home, and while my time there was relatively short, it is a city that I will always know and love. It is a city full of passionate people who care deeply about the things that give Manchester its identity — about social justice, about football, about music and even Corrie. It is a city that, like Melbourne, celebrates its ethnic diversity and its LGBTI communities and it is a city that is now hurting and is now coming together.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017. It is always good to see a lot of passion in the chamber about local government. Certainly the Greens and I are very passionate about local government and are very big supporters of the local government sector and local communities.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 689) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for minister to fix the tram stop at the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, stop 128 on route 58 outbound. This stop is notoriously unsafe for commuters getting off at this stop and many have raised it with me personally and indeed I have witnessed issues at this stop. It has been raised a number of times on the Victoria Walks spot map and the Greens Transport Troubles map as well. Some of the comments, which I will read into Hansard, are:
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I recently attended the 80-year university of the Prahran football club's first premiership, where in 1937 they defeated Brunswick by two points in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) grand final in front of 10 000 people at Toorak Park. It was great to hear club legends Jack Morgans and Charlie Payne reminisce about the match they watched as boys.
Mr HIBBINS — I attended a screening of Guarding the Galilee, which is a 30-minute documentary on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, the Adani Carmichael project. The documentary was by the Stonnington Climate Action Network and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 651) My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the minister going to do to make the intersection of Yarra Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra, safe for pedestrians?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Greens amendments to the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017. These are commonsense amendments put forward by the Greens spokesperson for women in the other place, Nina Springle. These enshrine in legislation a review of section 31(3) of that act, which is being changed by clause 32 of this bill. That particular clause extended the period between serving a family violence safety notice and the first mention date from five to 14 days.