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Adjournment: LGBTI Equality

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Premier, and the action I seek is that the Premier protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Victorians from discrimination.

Victorian Budget Reply 2017

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.

World Aids Day

Mr HIBBINS — The launch of World AIDS Day was held at Alfred Health in South Yarra on 1 December. Powerful stories were shared by speakers from the Positive Speakers Bureau. A world free of HIV transmission is possible. To get there we must speak out against and end the stigma of HIV and encourage people to get tested, to know their HIV status and to receive the treatment that they need. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is central to preventing the transmission of HIV. Whilst medical trials of PrEP are occurring, it needs to be available and accessible to everyone who needs it.

Labor and Liberal vote against equality for students

Greens question Labor's equality credibility Greens equality spokesperson Sam Hibbins says the Government’s credibility on equality is in question after they voted against the Greens Equality for Students bill. The Greens bill struck out special exemptions from the Equal Opportunity Act granted to faith-based schools and institutions. These exemptions allow schools to legally expel children for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as well as for their marital status or being pregnant. “Dan Andrews has said equality is not negotiable but his Government voted with the Liberals to allow discrimination against LGBTI students,” Sam Hibbins said. "There is a clear...

LGBTI equality

Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — As it is mental health week, it is time now for the Prime Minister to abandon the proposed marriage equality plebiscite. One of the key reasons for opposing this plebiscite is the effect that it will have on the mental health of LGBTI Australians, particularly young people, because it would legitimise and unleash a damaging, hateful and hurtful campaign. We are already seeing evidence of it with materials and leaflets being distributed at people's homes and even at football matches. Same-sex attracted Victorians should not have to put up with a $160 million public opinion poll on their...

Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Victorian Greens on the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016. This bill restores the inherent requirements test that was previously in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and which was removed in 2011 by the then coalition government. We will be supporting this bill because it does offer some improvement to the current laws; however, we do feel it is inadequate. We knew that changes to the Equal Opportunity Act were coming, but I think this bill is a disappointment, particularly from a government that has done a lot in terms...

Government Business Program

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the government business program. The Greens will not be supporting the government business program in this instance for two reasons. Firstly, I do have amendments to the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016. I have provided those amendments to the relevant ministers, I have also indicated that I do have some questions regarding that bill and I have submitted a request to go into consideration in detail.

Speech: Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016, which amends the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1996 to provide for the self-determination of sex on a person's birth certificate and to remove the requirements for sex affirmation surgery and being unmarried. The Greens fully support this bill as it is consistent with the Greens policy that we took to the last election and the commitment to ensure that intersex and transgender people are able to easily alter their sex on all official documents so it is consistent...

Proposed changes to Equal Opportunity Act leave LGBTI Victorian’s at risk

Victorian Greens equality spokesperson Sam Hibbins says the State Government’s changes to the Equal Opportunity Act will still leave thousands of Victorian’s at risk of discrimination because of their sexuality or gender identity. “The inherent requirements test is weak. It will leave LGBTI employees and job seekers unprotected by law if they are discriminated against,” Sam Hibbins said. "The Equality Minister says 'equality is not negotiable’ yet he's happy to negotiate away protection for LGBTI people.

Introducing Teddy

Mr HIBBINS — I attended the book launch of Introducing Teddy at Hares & Hyenas.Introducing Teddy is a children's book about friendship, bravery and acceptance that helps children understand gender identity. Well done to writer Jessica Walton, illustrator Dougal MacPherson and publisher Bloomsbury for bringing such a courageous teddy to life.