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Relationships Amendment Bill 2015

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Relationships Amendment Bill 2015. This bill makes changes to the Relationships Act 2008. It allows for relationships formalised in other jurisdictions, such as overseas same-sex marriages or relationships recognised in other states that have similar relationship registers, to be recognised in Victoria. It also removes the requirement that both partners be residents of Victoria, with only one partner having to be a resident. The Greens support these changes, and we support them because they are the changes that were proposed by the Greens when the Relationships Bill 2007 first came before this house...

Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to speak on the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015. This is a long overdue landmark bill which the Victorian Greens wholeheartedly support. It is a bill that will strengthen families of all kinds across Victoria by giving children of same-sex couples the same protections under the law that others enjoy by ending discrimination against same-sex couples who wish to adopt.

In the news: Same Sex Adoption, SYN 90.7 FM

On Monday, I spoke to Panorama on SYN about the same sex adoption legislation set to be introduced in Victoria. Listen to my interview here.    

Member Statement: LGBTI community

Mr HIBBINS—I attended the Jewish Community Council of Victoria LGBTI community engagement symposium at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre. The symposium focused on understanding the human cost of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersex exclusion in the Jewish community.

Questions Without Notice: LGBTI Community

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people have higher rates of mental health issues and suicide and that there is a clear link between discrimination and poor mental health. What will the minister do to ensure that all Victorian students, regardless of what type of school they attend, are protected by the law from discrimination?

Government urged to remove LGBTI discrimination in schools

Transgender students would be able to attend same-sex religious schools and wear the uniform of their choice, and gay and lesbian teachers would be allowed to work at religious schools, under changes mooted to Victorian discrimination laws. The changes - being proposed by the Greens in a private members' bill to go before the Victorian Parliament soon - would remove the rights of religious schools to discriminate against staff and students based on their sexuality.

Victoria could soon outlaw LGBTI discrimination in religious schools

Victoria could be the first Australian state to outlaw religious schools sacking gay and lesbian teachers or expelling LGBTI students, under proposed amendments to the state’s Equal Opportunities Act. Greens Equality Spokesman Sam Hibbins is drafting a private member’s bill making it illegal for religious bodies and religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students or teachers based on their sexuality or gender identity (as well as their marital or parental status) by removing the schools’ right to claim religious exemptions under the 2010 Act.

Question with notice: Gay conversion therapy

This week I called on the government to take action to stop gay conversion therapy.

Business of the House: 10 June

Mr HIBBINS — I rise to speak on the government business program. The Greens will not be opposing the program in this instance.   

In the news: $6 MILLION FOR THE GENDER DYSPHORIA CLINIC

The Victorian Government has announced it will provide the Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital $6 million over four years.

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