Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017. This bill creates a Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation commissioner. It outlines that commissioner's functions, which are to plan for the rehabilitation of coalmine land and to implement a regional rehabilitation strategy in consultation with the community. The bill requires the commissioner to also prepare and publish a Latrobe Valley regional rehabilitation strategy.
Constituency Question: changing the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 528) My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: will the minister change the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection to assist both pedestrians and vehicles doing a U-turn in the absence of the Hornby Street crossover? A number of people have listed this intersection as an issue on the Victoria Walks WalkSpot map.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I am going to support the amendment by the opposition in this instance to debate the establishment of a select committee before moving to the budget. The Greens have put forward their preference for this matter to be sent to the Privileges Committee for further investigation and for it to propose a sanction that it can bring back to this house. I was not necessarily convinced that the select committee was the best way to go, but in the absence of a referral from the government I will be supporting this amendment because this is the proposal that is on the table.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2017. This bill gives the police powers to direct people wearing masks in certain circumstances to leave a designated area; introduces new public order offences to replace the existing common-law and public-order offences with increased maximum sentences; and requires local government to consult with Victoria Police when considering applications for permits that relate to proposed protests.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 538) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister go to South Yarra railway station in the morning peak and witness the congestion firsthand. The minister will be able to see the crowded single entrance on Toorak Road; the congested footpath, with bikes chained to the railing; the dangerous pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street; the chaos on Toorak Road, with trams so crowded commuters cannot board and people spilling onto the road; and of course the overcrowded peak-hour trains. The minister will be able to go to Yarra Lane to see the land set aside for a northern entrance and platform overpass. While she is there I am happy to furnish her with documents that I obtained through FOI that expose the complete lack of investment in one of Melbourne's busiest stations for well over a decade, including a plan considered but abandoned by the previous government to expand the front foyer area.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the budget on behalf of the Victorian Greens. It is unfortunate that this budget has been handed down under a cloud — over this government and over this Parliament — because of this government's failure to do what is necessary and what is right about the rorting of the second home allowance by the former Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Education —
My constituency question is to the Minister for Education, and I ask: what is the latest information on the new Prahran High School? Many constituents have expressed to me that they are impressed with the recently released designs for the new school, which will house 650 students over four storeys, incorporating recreation and green space within those buildings. Demolishing the existing building and building a new purpose built school was something the local community had been advocating for, and it was glad to see the designs for the new school.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — Residents in the Prahran electorate are being left in limbo with regard to the decision on the future of the Punt Road public acquisition overlay (PAO). The Punt Road PAO committee handed its report on the overlay to the planning minister back in May 2016. Residents have now been waiting 10 months for a decision from the planning minister. They have been advised that the Minister for Planning has requested further technical work to be undertaken by VicRoads and a decision will be made on the PAO early this year.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017. This bill prohibits synthetic drugs by defining them by their psychoactive effect rather than by listing them as individual substances. It reduces the amount of methamphetamine considered a commercial quantity, and it allows doctors and nurses to administer opioid substances to people in police jails without a permit instead of just prisons.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. In the opening weekend of duck shooting season numerous threatened species, protected ducks and other waterbirds were killed, many of which were displayed outside your office. Premier, will you make this year's duck season the last ever in Victoria?